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Excision of warts with closure

Mary Posted Fri 28th of December, 2012 21:07:19 PM

Our physician performed an excision of a wart, with fulguration of the base, and primary closure. The only code that I can come up with is the 17110-would this code cover the excision? Two warts were removed -one from elbow and one from knee-fulguration was then performed to prevent seeding-he then closed the defect using sutures.
Would 17110 be the correct code for all of this or would I also need to add repair of the areas (knee and elbow)? ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED!

SuperCoder Answered Fri 04th of January, 2013 17:11:46 PM

Stick with 17110 (Destruction [e.g., laser surgery, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery, surgical curettement], of benign lesions other than skin tags or cutaneous vascular proliferative lesions; up to 14 lesions) since the diagnosis is common warts (verruca vulgaris) or 078.10 (Viral warts, unspecified).

Caution: Code 17110 is for destruction of benign lesions only, which includes laser surgery, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery, and surgical curettement. Guidelines for assigning code units for premalignant lesions (17000-17004) differ from those for benign lesions, so be sure to read the code descriptors carefully.

Repair is simple and not reported separately here.

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