Nancy Posted 8 Year(s) ago
Good Morning. When a patient has a lacerated ear lobe, is it not correct to use the repair codes depending on the type of repair? Thank You in advance for your help
SuperCoder Posted 8 Year(s) ago
Yes, you may use the appropriate level and area of repair code for a laceration ear lobe repair. This is not cosmetic, but to fix a laceration. To report repair of a torn ear lobe, see 12051-12057 depending on the size of the repair. 12051 (Repair, intermediate, wounds of face, ears, eyelids, nose, lips and/or mucous membranes; 2.5 cm or less).
CPT code range 12051-12057 is for the intermediate repair of superficial wounds to the face, ears, eyelids, nose, lips, and/or mucous membranes. The procedure involves the physician closing a wound to the ear with intermediate repairs or layered closure. It involves one or more of the deeper layers of subcutaneous tissue and superficial (nonmuscle) fascia, in addition to the skin (epidermal and dermal) closure.
Jen Godreau, CPC, CPEDC
Content Director, Supercoder.com
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