In this article, we will look at repair (closure) CPT® codes in the 12001-13160 range.
According to CPT®:
“Use the codes in this section to designate wound closure utilizing sutures, stapes or tissue adhesives (eg, 2-cyanoacrylate), either singly or in combination with each other or in combination with adhesive strips. Wound closure utilizing adhesive strips as the sole repair material should be coded using the appropriate E/M code.”
“Simple repair is used when the wound is superficial; eg, involving primarily epidermis or dermis, or subcutaneous tissues without significant involvement of deeper structures, and requires simple one layer closure. This includes local anesthesia and chemical or electrocauterization of wounds not closed.”
Simple repairs are defined by two location groupings and size in centimeters
- Scalp, neck, external genitalia, axillae, trunk, and/or extremities, including hands and feet
- Face, ears, eyelids, nose, lips and/or mucous membranes
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