2021 ICD-10-CM Code S48.129

Partial traumatic amputation at level between unspecified shoulder and elbow

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S48.129 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of partial traumatic amputation at level between unspecified shoulder and elbow. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like S48.129 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

ICD-10:S48.129
Short Description:Partial traumatic amp at level betw unsp shoulder and elbow
Long Description:Partial traumatic amputation at level between unspecified shoulder and elbow

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Partial traumatic amp at level betw unsp shoulder and elbow

Non-specific codes like S48.129 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for partial traumatic amp at level betw unsp shoulder and elbow:

  • Use S48.129A for initial encounter BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S48.129D for subsequent encounter BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S48.129S for sequela BILLABLE CODE

Information for Patients


Limb Loss

People can lose all or part of an arm or leg for a number of reasons. Common ones include

Some amputees have phantom pain, which is the feeling of pain in the missing limb. Other physical problems include surgical complications and skin problems, if you wear an artificial limb. Many amputees use an artificial limb. Learning how to use it takes time. Physical therapy can help you adapt.

Recovery from the loss of a limb can be hard. Sadness, anger, and frustration are common. If you are having a tough time, talk to your doctor. Treatment with medicine or counseling can help.


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)