Answer: Although 26587 (Reconstruction of polydactylous digit, soft tissue and bone) may sound accurate, you can only report this code if the surgeon excises the tissue and bone. Because your surgeon only excised soft tissue, you should instead report 11200 (Removal of skin tags, multiple fibrocutaneous tags, any area; up to and including 15 lesions).
Because -polydactylous digits- and -supernumery digits- are both phrases to describe a patient with extra fingers or toes, either 26587 or 11200 could apply to the claim. Therefore, it's always imperative to confirm whether the surgeon had to remove or reconstruct bone, or whether the digits were comprised of tissue only. Reader Questions were reviewed by Heidi Stout, CPC, CCS-P, coding and reimbursement manager at UMDNJ-RWJ University Orthopaedic Group in New Brunswick, N.J.; and Bill Mallon, MD, orthopedic surgeon and medical director at Triangle Orthopaedic Associates in Durham, N.C.