July 23, 2020
Can we report 35701 for the carotid vessel exploration in the recipient site when doing a fibula free flap (20969)?
No, this activity is included in the free flap code. CPT specifically states not to 35701 to explore and identify a recipient artery [eg, external carotid artery] when performed in conjunction with free flap codes including 15756, 15757, 15758 and 20969.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 07/23/20.