June 11, 2015
During the second stage of tissue expander breast reconstruction, when I’m removing the tissue expander and placing the permanent prosthesis, I also excise some lateral excess tissue to give a better cosmetic result. Can I charge 19380 (Revision of reconstructed breast) for this in addition to the code for the exchange procedure?
No, this is not an accurate use of 19380. Typically this service is included in the code for the primary procedure.