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    Default Please HELP with lesion excision and repairs

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    Need help with CPTs. Thanks.

    procedure: excision of right forearm and soft tissue masses.
    Lesion sizes -- Lesion #1 ( 2 cm.) Lesion #2 ( 3 cm.)
    note: the provider says it was a layered repair. Lesions were benign.

    op note: A vertical incision within the direction of the limb was made over the more superior lesion after infiltrating the skin and soft tissue surrounding both lesions. Some dense adipose appearing tissue was found beneath the incision. An approximately 3 cm area of dense fatty tissue was removed with a combination of blunt and cautery dissection. A small vein was encountered which was clamped and suture ligated. The removed tissue was passed off the field for permanent pathology. The wound was packed and attention was turned to the more distal lesion. This was removed in a similar fashion and again dense appearing adipose tissue was seen. Approximately 2cm x 2 cm of tissue was removed. Small venules were cauterized as needed. Both wounds were irrigated and bleeding points within the subcutaneious tissue were controlled with cautery as needed. The wounds were closed with deep dermal sutures of 4-0 Vicryl followed by running subcuticular sutures of 4-0 Monocryl. The wounds were cleaned, dried and dressed.

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    Look at 25075, 25071, 25076 and 25073. Does the Pathology report show a Lipoma? If you do not think these codes are appropiate look at 11404, 11403-59 and look at the 12031 for the layered closure. If the pathology report did show lipoma's I would definately go with the 25075 codes. I hope this helps.

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