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Excision Excess Skin

  1. #1
    Temple, TX
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    My general surgeon performed a wide excision of an axilla lipoma with removal of excess skin. He states " the lipoma was very large and deep, so I had to made a skin flap and I removed the lipoma in its entirety. Since she had too much excess skin, I had to do a removal of excess skin."

    I know how to code the lipoma excision, however excess skin removal is new to me.

    Is this even seperately billable? If so, can someone point me in the right direction. I found CPT 15839- Excision, excessive skin and subcutaneous tissue (includes lipectomy); other area. However, I am not sure if this would be the appropriate CPT.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance,


  2. #2
    Charleston, WV
    Your code is correct and you can bill for it but I believe most payers will deny it (at least initially) as a cosmetic procedure.

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