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Wound wash out and re-closure

Nicole Posted Mon 15th of October, 2018 23:01:20 PM
Patient had a lumbar fusion about two months prior. She did have issues with blisters and wound drainage but there were no overt signs of infection. The patient's right sided incision did have a small draining blister that was very superficial and attached. The incision was reopened, the blister was circumferentially dissected and removed. Antibiotic and pulsed irrigation was used and lavaged with approximately 6 L antibiotic-impregnated saline. The procedure performed is listed as Wound washout and reclosure. Would this be 22830, 97597 or just 97597?
SuperCoder Answered Tue 16th of October, 2018 10:09:57 AM


As per the documentation code 22830 shouldn't be used as exploration of the spinal fusion is not done during this scenario. Code 97597 is the appropriate to be used.



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