Reporting repair of skin lacerations can seem complicated by the number of codes and length of prefatory language appearing with Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes for wound repair. However, most lacerations only require consideration of 3 factors: complexity, location, and size. Complex wounds that involve gross contamination requiring prolonged cleansing, appreciable amounts of devitalized or contaminated tissue, or nerves, blood vessels, and tendons may support reporting of additional codes as directed by CPT. See Other and Related Services later in this article for codes for other common repairs and reporting of evaluation and management (E/M) services in conjunction with repairs.

Lacerations are reported with wound repair codes 12001–13160. The codes include closure utilizing sutures, staples, or tissue adhesives (eg, 2-cyanoacrylate), singly or in combination with each other or with adhesive strips. Repair codes are not reported when wounds are closed with adhesive strips alone.

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