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How do you code skin graft removal?

  1. Question How do you code skin graft removal?
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    Patient had a dog bite one year ago that was repaired with a skin graft. She now has contour deformity of that area and patient desires improvement.

    Left cheek where the posterior border of the junction between the normal cheek skin and skin graft was incised through the dermis and into subcu. tissues where thin cheek flaps were elevated in a posterior direction. After undermining was performed, a set amount of skin graft was excised, it measured 5 cm by 2.5 cm. Primary repair was then performed.

    What would you code for this? Excision benign lesion codes or go unlisted?

    Thanks in advance!


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    Milwaukee WI
    Default Complex repair
    Not entirely sure, as this op report is not so detailed as I'd like, but one way to code "scar removal" is to use the complex repair code ... the report DOES mentioned undermining.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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