CPT Code For Corneal Suture Removal

Corneal suture removal is the process of removing suture from the cornea of eye. The sutures are used after cataract surgery to reduce the chances of post-operative endophtalmitis (inflammation of the intraocular fluids). Sutures may cause corneal astigmatism (blurry vision) so removal is necessary to enable cornea takes its final shape.

CPT Code For Corneal Suture Removal

CPT Code For Corneal Suture Removal


Corneal suture removal procedure requires local anesthesia (5% procaine) in the eye. Then a 26 gauze needle is inserted underneath the suture and the knot is cut off. The suture is then removed with the help of forceps. The CPT code used is 15850 and 15851.

CPT Code For Simple Suture Removal

Simple sutures can be removed by slightly pulling knot of suture with tweezers and then using scissor, this knot can be cut off. Gently pull the long end of suture to remove all. The CPT code used for this procedure is 15850 and 15851.

CPT Code For Deep Suture Removal

Deep sutures are also removed with standard procedure. The knot of suture is pull with forceps and a scissor is required for cutting. The suture should be pulled in the continuous action and place the cut knot on surgical gauze. The CPT codes used for this procedure are 15850 and 15851.

CPT Code For Wound Exploration With Suture Removal

Sometimes the wound requires enlargement and extension to determine the penetration of foreign bodies and ligation and coagulation of minor vessels. This can be explored along with suture removal. The CPT code for this procedure is

CPT Code For Retained Suture Removal

Retained sutures are not easy to diagnose because the sutures are not clearly shown on the surface. The retained sutures are also removed with the standard procedure of suture removal (with forceps and scissor). The CPT code used for this procedure is 15851.

CPT Code For Suture Removal Kit

With suture removal kit, tweezers are used to pull the knot and scissor used to cut the suture end. Then the long end of suture is picked and pulled out of the skin. All these instruments are present in suture removal kit. The CPT code for this kit usage is 15850 and 15851.

CPT Code For Suture Removal Without Anesthesia

The suture removal can be performed without applying any numbing cream or local anesthesia. This is performed only if patient have some kind of intolerance to anesthesia or can bear pain. There is not any defined CPT code for suture removal without anesthesia.

CPT Code For Suture Removal By Nurse

Suture removal can be performed by nurse. Nurse will perform the same standard suture removal procedure. Tweezers are used to pull knot of suture and then with the help of scissor, knot is cut off. The suture is removed by pulling. The CPT code for suture removal by nurse is 99211.

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