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    Pt. had a surgery a year ago by someone else
    Diagnosis: paraspinal abscess
    Procedure: Debridgement of paraspinal abscess lumbar spine down to bone
    Physician opened the previous incision. A large subfascial collection of purulent material was aspirated. The walls of the cavity were debrided all the way to the lamina and facet joints.

    Thanks in advance for your help

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    Duluth, Minnesota
    I'd code it as an 11044 - of course depending on the closurer, you can code that as well (intermediate or complex/depending) with a modifier of course! that's what I'd do anyway...

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