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CPT 12001 | Simple Repair Of Superficial Wound | 2.5 Cm Or Less

CPT code 12001 covers a simple repair of a small superficial wound that is 2.5 cm or less in size and located on the scalp, neck, underarms, external genitalia, trunk, or limbs (including hands and feet).

What Is CPT Code 12001?

CPT 12001 can be used if a provider repairs a superficial wound that is 2.5 cm or less in size located on the patient’s scalp, neck, underarms, external genitalia, trunk, or limbs (including hands and feet).

CPT code 12001 can only be billed for simple repair procedures. The patient’s wound has to be superficial and extends deep into the skin or underlying tissue. Therefore, it is limited to the epidermis, dermis, or subcutaneous tissue.

Description

The CPT book describes CPT code 12001 as: “Simple repair of superficial wounds of scalp, neck, axillae, external genitalia, trunk and/or extremities (including hands and feet); 2.5 cm or less.”

Procedure

The provider performs a simple repair procedure on superficial wounds that are 2.5 cm or less in size.

The provider can treat superficial wounds on the patient’s neck, scalp, neck, axillae, external genitalia, trunk, and/or extremities. Hans and feet are included.

The physician can use one of several techniques to close the wound. These techniques include tissue adhesives, staples, or suture materials.

Tissue adhesives, also known as “skin glue,” are applied to the wound in a thin layer and then allowed to dry.

The adhesive creates a bond that helps hold the wound’s edges together. Staples are another option for closing a wound. They are small metal clips applied to the wound using a special tool.

The staples hold the wound edges together and are removed after a few days. Finally, suture materials, also known as stitches, are used to close the wound.

These materials are composed of thread-like materials that are used to tie the wound edges together.

How To Use CPT 12001

CPT code 12001 can only be billed for a simple repair of a superficial wound that is 2.5 cm or less in size. This code is specific to the repair of superficial wounds on the scalp, neck, axillae, external genitalia, trunk and/or extremities (including hands and feet).

You can use CPT 12002 for the same procedure for wounds of 2.6 cm to 7.5 cm and CPT 12004 for 7.6 cm to 12.5 cm.

You can report CPT code 12005 for 12.6 cm to 20.0 cm, CPT code 12006 for 20.1 cm to 30.0 cm, and CPT 12007 for simple repair of superficial wounds of 30.0 cm or more.

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