AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Debridement:::

  1. #1

    Default Debridement:::

    AAPC: Back to School
    A 76-year-old male patient was admitted with a decubitus ulcer and cellulitis of the left heel. The patient complained of pain and swelling. The ulcer is open and draining purulent material. After IV antibiotics and wound cleansing for three days the decision was made to have the wound care nurse perform an excisional debridement at bedside. The debridement was performed using a scalpel, removing nonviable tissue and skin. The depth of the debridement was subcutaneous. The wound was cleansed again and a dressing applied.

    What ICD-9-CM Diagnosis and procedure code would be assigned for the debridement? Kindly Guide....

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007


    try 11042 dx 707.07 and 682.8; assuming both are on the heel

  3. #3

    Smile Thanks

    Thanks a lot for the prompt reply...

    I thought there may be some coding guidelines when it comes to Cellulitis and Ulcer of the same site...Now it's clear that we have to use both the codes.


Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-30-2015, 10:10 AM
  2. Debridement Help!!
    By Jckidder in forum Billing/Reimbursement
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-18-2011, 01:29 PM
  3. Debridement vs operative debridement
    By donnagullikson in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-21-2010, 04:28 AM
  4. Operative debridement vs regular debridement
    By donnagullikson in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-17-2010, 05:30 AM
  5. Debridement
    By Zina in forum General Surgery
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-18-2010, 01:20 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.