Digging Into HIM & Coding Blog

When was the last time you really thought about the marvel that is your foot?  The human foot is composed of 26 bones, 33 joints, and what seems like endless tendons and ligaments.  The number of body parts alone make coding podiatric procedures complex.  And much like Paul Simon’s claim that there are 50 ways to leave your lover, there seems to also be 50 ways to amputate a foot.

Continue reading to learn more about these procedures.

Additional Tips & Expertise

Q: How is a double osteotomy bunionectomy coded? Does it require more than one code?

Q: How is a transmetarsal amputation of the foot coded when all five metatarsals are cut through?

Q: How is debridement of an amputation stump coded?

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