CPT Code for Cryotherapy

With the wide range of codes available, it proves incredibly difficult to identify and decipher the relevant data for your practice. The field of dermatology includes a number of procedures with one of the most common being the removal of warts, requiring specific coding. The CPT code for cryotherapy will depend on the treatment that is to be conducted and the location of the wart.

There are very few dermatology practices that makes use of cryotherapy as a treatment option for removal of warts. It requires that specific procedure is followed including an assessment of particular wart types and the area that is targeted. Different coding will require assessment and application in order to allow a practitioner to claim for the therapy from a medical insurance company.

There are different codes that are available for the removal of wart in different bodily regions. The coding does not depend on overall simplicity of a particular procedure and more complex treatments that will have to be performed depending on conditions presented by patients. A review of different codes is recommended to make the best possible selection decision.

It is up to the discretion of a physician to determine which of these codes proves most relevant for a specific treatment. A practitioner will need to assess particular factors that must be taken into consideration when making a final selection decision. These choice of coding should depend on the location of a wart, its size, time, and amount of effort that will be applied in the removal process.

A complete list of these codes can be found online making it easier and more efficient to complete specific procedure. The different risk factors involved in treatment must also be determined when using a specific code. The choice of sequence will depend on the discretion of the practitioner including the type of surgery to be performed and the overall size of the lesions to be removed.

In the example below, CPT code for cryotherapy:

Code Description

CPT 17110

Destruction (eg, laser surgery, electro surgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery, surgical curettement), of benign lesions other than skin tags or cutaneous vascular proliferative lesions; up to 14

CPT 17111

Destruction (eg, laser surgery, electro surgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery, surgical curettement), of benign lesions other than skin tags or cutaneous vascular proliferative lesions; 15 or more

CPT 11200

Removal of skin tags, multiple fibrocutaneous tags, any area, up to and including 15 lesions

CPT 11201

Removal of skin tags, multiple fibrocutaneous tags, any area; each additional 10 lesions, or part thereof (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

CPT 17000

Destruction (eg, laser surgery, electro surgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery, surgical curettement), premalignant lesions (eg, actinic keratosis); first lesion

CPT 17003

Destruction (eg, laser surgery, electro surgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery, surgical curettement) of premalignant lesions (eg, actinic keratosis); second through 14 lesions

CPT 17004

Destruction (eg, laser surgery, electro surgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery, surgical curettement) of premalignant lesions (eg, actinic keratosis); 15 or more lesions

CPT 56501

Destruction of lesion(s), vulva; simple (eg, laser surgery, electro surgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery)

CPT 57061

Destruction of vaginal lesion(s); simple (eg, laser surgery, electr osurgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery)

CPT 54056

Destruction of lesion(s), penis (eg, condyloma, papilloma, molluscum contagiosum, herpetic vesicle), simple, cryosurgery

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