AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Removal and reinsertion of tissue expander

  1. #1

    Question Removal and reinsertion of tissue expander

    AAPC: Back to School
    Removal of left tissue expander without insertion of prosthesis was performed. Also removal and reinsertion of the same tissue expander on right breast performed. 11971 is not a bilateral code but modifier 50 cannot be used according to the fee schedule. 11970 is mutually exclusive to 11971 according to CCI. Should the codes be 11971 for the left and for the right 11971 mod 59 and 22 (for the reinsertion of the tissue expander)?

  2. #2


    From what I can tell it might be a 11971-LT, 11971-RT, 19357-RT (since you are reinserting the tissue expander). I could not find any other codes and unfortunately you can't use 11960. You cannot use 11970 since that's for replacing the tissue expander with a permanent prosthesis.

    I would code it like this

    there is no cci problems with this

    Hope this helps

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-23-2014, 10:00 AM
  2. Removal & Replacement tissue expander
    By Joyce Burchett in forum Plastic Surgery
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-18-2014, 03:40 PM
  3. Removal of tissue expander, breast implant, & revision
    By Kevinph84 in forum Plastic Surgery
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-18-2011, 01:06 PM
  4. removal of tissue expander
    By Kati Achey in forum Plastic Surgery
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-30-2009, 10:22 AM
  5. Removal of tissue expander
    By Kati Achey in forum Plastic Surgery
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-09-2009, 02:47 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.