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Be Specific For Simple Vs. Compound Skull Fracture Repair

Question: In a patient who developed motor weakness following an accident, our surgeon performed a repair of simple skull fracture. How can we report this procedure? What does the term ‘simple’ imply in the operative note? Alaska Subscriber Answer: From the description provided, your surgeon repairs a simple skull fracture. You report code 62000 (Elevation of depressed skull fracture; simple, extradural) for this [...]