SEP 10, 2019
CPT Code for Silicone Oil Bubbles in Conjunctiva
Question: Our surgeon removed retained silicone oil bubbles within the conjunctiva. Is the appropriate CPT code 65210 Removal of foreign body, external eye; conjunctival embedded?
Answer: Because the location of removal is the conjunctiva, and not the posterior segment, the appropriate code is 65920 Removal of implanted material, anterior segment of eye. Remember silicone oil was placed in the eye, it is not considered a foreign body. Use ICD-10 code T85.79XA Infection and inflammatory reaction due to other internal prosthetic devices, implants and grafts, initial encounter.
Learn more about surgeries in the Complete Guide to Retina Coding.