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    My physician removed k-wires from a right index finger -

    Can anyone tell me the difference between 20680 - removal of implant; deep buried - and 26320 removal of implant from finger or hand.

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    20680: The physician makes an incision overlying the site of the implant. Deep dissection is carried down to visualize the implant, which is usually below the muscle level and within bone. The physician uses instruments to remove the implant from the bone. The incision is repaired in layers using sutures, staples, and/or Steri-strips.

    26320 :The physician removes a previously placed implant from a finger or hand. The physician incises the overlying skin and dissects to the implant. The implant is removed and the incision is sutured in layers.

    The 26320 specifies the anatomical site and is more superficial than 20680

    hope this helps!!!

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