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Need code(s) for removing fixation screw used to correct bunion

Brenda Posted Tue 17th of May, 2011 22:07:54 PM

Two fixation screws were used in correction of 1st met base osteotomy several years ago by another doctor. Because of the complication with a screw head I removed one of them today. How do I charge for this service?

Thanks in advance for your help.

SuperCoder Answered Wed 18th of May, 2011 19:11:17 PM

20670 Removal of implant; superficial (eg, buried wire, pin or rod) (separate procedure)
Code as per report description.
20680 Removal of implant; deep (eg, buried wire, pin, screw, metal band, nail, rod or plate)

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