July 28, 2022
When billing for the muscle flap codes 15733, 15731 etc., can we also code for the surgeon’s cleaning and prepping by debridement before closing the wound with a facial flap?
Yes, the surgical prep codes (15002-15005) may be reported with those flap codes as long as the surgical prep service is provided, documented and medically necessary. CPT calls this “surgical preparation” not “debridement.”
*This response is based on the best information available as of 07/28/22.