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Wound dehiscence coding help please

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    Default Wound dehiscence coding help please
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    Hello everyone! I'm seeking coding help. Patient underwent ORIF humerus fx supracondylar w/olecranon osteotomy 5-15-08. Patient has developed wound dehiscence olecranon locale along with exposure of hardware. Patient taken back to OR for removal of hardware, and irrigation/debridement. Will this be a return for related procedure modifier, or unrelated????? Thanks for your help!

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    The 78 modifier should be used for complications which sounds appropriate based on the information you have given.

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    Duluth, Minnesota
    I believe modifier .78 is corect also. It appears to be a related complication of the surgery.
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

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