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removal of Hardware

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    Should I use V90.89 (Other specified retained foreign body) along with the Pre-op code V72.83 when the patient is going to have hardware removed that was originally placed due to a distal radial fracture. The hardware is being removed because it's time for it to come out not due to any complications.

    Thanks
    Kendra

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    Why not use V54.01 for removal? or are u just billing for the E/M prior. in which case I would probably bill the after care code for healing fracture.

    just my opinion.
    Debbie Potts England
    Lyles, TN 37098

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    I'm coding the pre-op E/M visit. The patient is going to be taken to surgery to remove hardware that was placed 6 months earlier due to a fracture distal radius. I'm not sure what code to use along with the pre-op code (V72.83). I usually use the code you mentioned when the physician removes pins in the clinic.

    KJL

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    why not the after care of a healing fracture. in essence that is what it is.
    Debbie Potts England
    Lyles, TN 37098

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