Removal of Intra-mammary Lymph Node

Removal of Intra-mammary Lymph Node

May 27, 2021

Question:
In doing DIEP flap reconstruction, oftentimes I take out an incidental intra-mammary lymph node. Can I code 38530 for this?

Answer:
No, removal of incidental lymph node(s) encountered in the operative field are included in the DIEP flap CPT code.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 05/27/21.

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