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Otolaryngology Coding Alert

Reader Question:

Consider Pharyngeal Flap Creation a Once in a Lifetime Procedure

Question: I’m working on an operative note that involves the surgeon performing a partial flap takedown as part of a revision of a pharyngeal flap procedure performed two years prior. Montana Subscriber Answer: The physician may only perform a palatoplasty with attachment of a pharyngeal flap once; therefore, code 42225 (Palatoplasty for cleft palate; attachment pharyngeal flap) is out of [...]