Is There A CPT Code for a Wound Vac?

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September 6, 2012

Question:

Our surgeon placed a “wound vac” on an open leg wound. The surgeon stated it was separately reportable but I cannot find a CPT code. Can you help?

Answer:

Yes, there are CPT codes for “wound vacs” and perhaps one of the reasons you cannot find them, is that the “wound vac” is the abbreviated terminology for the CPT code.

The codes you are seeking, CPT codes 97605 and 97606 are not found in the surgery section of CPT. Instead, they are found in the Active Wound Management section of CPT. The codes read as follows:

97605  Negative pressure wound therapy (e.g., vacuum assisted drainage collection), including topical application(s), wound assessment, and instruction(s) for ongoing care, per session; total wound(s) surface area less than or equal to 50 square centimeters
97606 total wound(s) surface area greater than 50 square centimeters

Work with your surgeon to document the procedure title using CPT terminology. These codes are defined by size, thus the surgeon’s documentation must include the size to accurately select the correct CPT code.