CPT code 17110 describes a procedure involving the destruction of benign lesions that are not skin tags or cutaneous vascular proliferative lesions and covers up to 14 benign lesions.
What Is CPT Code 17110?
CPT 17110 can be used for the destruction of up to 14 benign lesions but can not be used for skin tags or cutaneous vascular proliferative lesions.
The 17110 procedure is performed using methods such as laser surgery, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery, or surgical curettement.
Laser surgery uses a laser beam to destroy the lesion. Electrosurgery uses high-frequency electrical currents to destroy the lesion.
Cryosurgery uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroys the lesion.
Chemosurgery uses chemical agents to destroy the lesion. Surgical curettement is a manual method in which the provider uses a small scraping instrument called a curette to remove the lesion.
The CPT book describes CPT code 17110 as: “Destruction (e.g., laser surgery, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery, surgical curettement), of benign lesions other than skin tags or cutaneous vascular proliferative lesions; up to 14 lesions.”
The process of destroying benign lesions, such as warts, without damaging the surrounding tissue may begin with administering local anesthesia to the affected patient area.
The provider may then use various methods for lesion destruction, depending on the type and location of the lesion, as well as the preferences of the provider.
For example, some providers may use a laser beam to target the lesion, while others may use high-frequency electrical current or chemical agents.
Another option is using liquid nitrogen. This can be applied directly to the lesion, causing it to freeze and eventually fall off.
Alternatively, the provider may use a surgical curette, a small scraping instrument, to carefully remove the lesion.
This method requires a high level of skill and precision, as the provider must be careful not to damage the surrounding tissue while removing the lesion.
How To Use CPT 17110
CPT code 17110 can only be used for the destruction of benign lesions and not for skin tags or cutaneous vascular proliferative lesions because they have different procedures and codes.
You can report up to 14 benign lesions with CPT code 17110. You can use CPT 17111 if there are 15 or more benign lesions.
For the destruction of cutaneous vascular proliferative lesions, use codes CPT 17106, CPT 17107, or CPT 17108.