2021 ICD-10-CM Code S51.0

Open wound of elbow

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S51.0 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of open wound of 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.

ICD-10:S51.0
Short Description:Open wound of elbow
Long Description:Open wound of elbow

Code Classification

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Open wound of elbow and forearm (S51). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Open wound of elbow

Non-specific codes like S51.0 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 open wound of elbow:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.00 for Unspecified open wound of elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.001 for Unspecified open wound of right elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.001A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.001D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.001S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.002 for Unspecified open wound of left elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.002A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.002D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.002S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.009 for Unspecified open wound of unspecified elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.009A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.009D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.009S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.01 for Laceration without foreign body of elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.011 for Laceration without foreign body of right elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.011A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.011D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.011S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.012 for Laceration without foreign body of left elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.012A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.012D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.012S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.019 for Laceration without foreign body of unspecified elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.019A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.019D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.019S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.02 for Laceration with foreign body of elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.021 for Laceration with foreign body of right elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.021A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.021D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.021S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.022 for Laceration with foreign body of left elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.022A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.022D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.022S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.029 for Laceration with foreign body of unspecified elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.029A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.029D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.029S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.03 for Puncture wound without foreign body of elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.031 for Puncture wound without foreign body of right elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.031A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.031D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.031S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.032 for Puncture wound without foreign body of left elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.032A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.032D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.032S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.039 for Puncture wound without foreign body of unspecified elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.039A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.039D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.039S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.04 for Puncture wound with foreign body of elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.041 for Puncture wound with foreign body of right elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.041A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.041D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.041S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.042 for Puncture wound with foreign body of left elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.042A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.042D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.042S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.049 for Puncture wound with foreign body of unspecified elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.049A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.049D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.049S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.05 for Open bite of elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.051 for Open bite, right elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.051A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.051D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.051S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.052 for Open bite, left elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.052A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.052D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.052S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.059 for Open bite, unspecified elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.059A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.059D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S51.059S for sequela

Information for Patients


Wounds and Injuries

Also called: Traumatic injuries

An injury is damage to your body. It is a general term that refers to harm caused by accidents, falls, hits, weapons, and more. In the U.S., millions of people injure themselves every year. These injuries range from minor to life-threatening. Injuries can happen at work or play, indoors or outdoors, driving a car, or walking across the street.

Wounds are injuries that break the skin or other body tissues. They include cuts, scrapes, scratches, and punctured skin. They often happen because of an accident, but surgery, sutures, and stitches also cause wounds. Minor wounds usually aren't serious, but it is important to clean them. Serious and infected wounds may require first aid followed by a visit to your doctor. You should also seek attention if the wound is deep, you cannot close it yourself, you cannot stop the bleeding or get the dirt out, or it does not heal.

Other common types of injuries include


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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)