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Aug 30th, 2015 - mlwilson5

What would be the CPT® code for removal of a painful screw from the foot?

Aug 31st, 2015 - Michael1948 4 

re: WHAT WOULD BE THE CPT® CODE FOR REMOVAL OF A PAINFUL SCREW FROM THE FOOT?

20670 superficial, 20680 deep.

Aug 31st, 2015 -

re: WHAT WOULD BE THE CPT® CODE FOR REMOVAL OF A PAINFUL SCREW FROM THE FOOT?

28190-subcutaneous

28192-deep in the foot

28193-if repair of torn tendon, nerves and blood supply is required

if you look in the CPT® book under removal, it will take you to forgein body and the body area that is affected.

Aug 31st, 2015 -

re: WHAT WOULD BE THE CPT® CODE FOR REMOVAL OF A PAINFUL SCREW FROM THE FOOT?

20670 is for the removal of a implant by pulling or unscrewing it, this would be an incorrect code to use for the removal of a forgeing body such as a screw as would 20680 as that is also for the removal of implant but deeper dissection is used to go below the muscle level and within the bone!!

Aug 31st, 2015 - Michael1948 4 

re: WHAT WOULD BE THE CPT® CODE FOR REMOVAL OF A PAINFUL SCREW FROM THE FOOT?

any screw that one stepped on would be the 28xxx area, "painful screw" clearly suggests that it was an implant from surgery. any screw someone steps on would of course be "painful" but would not get labeled that way to make you think it was an implant. one needs to know first, how the screw got there.



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