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Removal Septal Button - What CPT code would you use for removal

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    What CPT code would you use for removal of a septal button performed as a hospital outpatient (under anesthesia). The button was not dislodged, but was causing pain. Thank you for your assistance.

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    take a look at 30310

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    I started to use code 30310, but then found the following on AAPC from April 2007:

    "The best answer I've found is this one:

    When a nasal septal perforation or defect is too large to repair, the otolaryngologist may use an alloplastic button to close it. Code 30220 (insertion, nasal septal prosthesis [button]) should be used for the insertion of such a device, not for its removal. Code 30300 (removal foreign body, intranasal; office type procedure) also would not be appropriate because a medically implanted device (in this case, the button) is not considered a foreign body, unless the device has become detached and poses a threat to the patients well-being.

    Instead, use an appropriate-level office visit code (99201-99205 new; or 99211-99215, established) for the septal button removal. This procedure is unlikely to affect the overall level because it should not increase the history, examination or medical decision-making components of the visit.


    Your further comments would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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    I use 20670 or 20680


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