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    Question Open wound mean open treatment of fx?

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    Patient was in a MVA and has complex open wound to nose. The docter repairs a fx'd nasal septum thru the open nasal wound. Is this considered open treatment? He doesn't have to surgically open to fix, it is already open. Looking at code 21336, but also looking at CPT guidelines for open treatment of fracture versus closed and somewhat confused.
    Please help.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Post op note in Plastics or ENT forum

    You might get better response in the Plastic Surgery or ENT forum.

    In any case, I think you'll need to post the scrubbed op note.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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