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    Can somone help me with a code for removal of foreign body in abd wall?


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    how about 22999 unlisted because there is not a specific code

    Although there are a number of codes that describe foreign body removal, none describe foreign body removal on the abdominal wall, so you must use the unlisted code. For pricing, you could refer to code 13101 if your surgeon feels that correctly represents his effort.
    Last edited by ASC CODER; 04-26-2011 at 01:28 PM.

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    Default Need the operative note

    For an accureate reponse to surgical coding questions PLEASE post the scrubbed operative note

    CPT 20525 is for removal of a foregin body from muscle ... doesn't specify which muscle, so depending on where this foreign body was, you might be able to use this code.

    BUT ... see my first sentence ...

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    I agree with Tessa, 20525- Removal of a foregin body from muscle...also check the procedure timings?

    Nalini CPC

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