Excision of “Dog Ear” at Time of Breast Reconstruction

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March 17, 2016

Question:
What code should I use for excision of a “dog ear” of the reconstruction flap that was done at the same time as the second stage of breast reconstruction?

Answer:
Actually, excision of the dog ears is included in the primary procedure code for your second stage procedure and should not be separately reported with a lesion removal code (e.g. 114XX) or any other code.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 03/17/16.