CPT 15830 may be billed when a physician surgically removes excess or loose skin from a patient’s abdomen.
1. What Is CPT Code 15830?
CPT 15830 covers a procedure for the excision of subcutaneous tissue or excess skin of the patient’s abdomen.
The CPT book described CPT code 15830 as: “Excision, excessive skin and subcutaneous tissue (includes lipectomy); abdomen, infraumbilical panniculectomy.”
The 15830 CPT code procedure starts with preparing the patient. Then, the physician uses a scalpel and creates a horizontal incision over the infraumbilical area and the abdomen.
The physician uses the incision to remove excess fat and hollow needles, or a cannula, to suck out the rest of the fat.
The physician can use a scalpel and cautery in case of excessive amounts of fat or loose skin.
4. Billing Guidelines
The 15830 CPT code procedure is not performed to tighten muscles (like abdominoplasty). However, it can be performed after abdominoplasty.
You can not report CPT code 15830 for the same wound in combination with the following codes:
- CPT 14302;
- CPT 14001;
- CPT 14000;
- CPT 13100;
- CPT 13101;
- CPT 13102;
- CPT 12031;
- CPT 12032;
- CPT 12034;
- CPT 12035;
- CPT 12036; and
- CPT 12037.