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Removal of suture from subcutaneus tissue

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    Default Removal of suture from subcutaneus tissue
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    A retained suture was removed from subcutaneus tissue under local anesthesia. Would the suture be considered a foreign body? I can't use the removal of suture codes because cpt states "under anesthesia other than local" and since the removal was performed under local only, I can't seem to find another code, other than 10121, Incision and removal of foreign body, subcutanues tissue. any help is appreciated.


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    Milwaukee WI
    Default More details, please
    Is this in the global surgical period? Is there an abscess or infection?

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    retained suture removal was the only procedure performed. It was not done in the global period. DX is wound granuloma. patient had a prior craniotomy not performed from my group. the suture was removed from the cranial subcutaneus tissue.

    thanks for your help!

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    Milwaukee WI
    Default 10121
    Without seeing the full report, it's hard to give you a definitive answer, but 10121 seems to fit what you've described.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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