Use of Tissue Adhesive for Laceration Repair


March 3, 2016

Does use of a tissue adhesive “count” as a layer for the laceration repair codes?

Actually, yes it does! The CPT guidelines state “Use the codes in this section to designate wound closure utilizing sutures, staples, or tissue adhesives (e.g., 2-cyanoacrylate), either singly or in combination with each other, or in combination with adhesive strips. Wound closure utilizing adhesive strips as the sole repair material should be coded using the appropriate E/M code.” This means sutures, staples or a tissue adhesive “counts” as a wound closure technique for 12001-13160. However, steri-strips do not.

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

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