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Code Correct for Wound Dehiscence and Delayed Primary Closure

Question: After a total knee replacement done three weeks ago, one of our patients developed redness and discharge through the distal aspect of the surgical wound and developed a 2 cm dehiscence. An exploration, irrigation, and debridement of the superficial wound dehiscence was done with delayed primary closure. The dehiscence was a localized one superficially through the subcutaneous tissue without extension [...]