Removal of Mandibular Interdental Fixation

October 27, 2016

Question:
We did a mandibular fracture repair on a patient (car accident) and placed the interdental fixation as part of the fracture repair. We saw the patient in the office, about 8 weeks postop, for a visit and everything was looking good so we removed the wires/fixation. Is the removal separately billable or included in the global fee?

Answer:
Good question! The removal of the interdental mandibular fixation (IMF) is included in the global period when performed in the office setting. If you think about it, you put the IMF on so it is up to you to take it off.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 10/27/16.

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