Not Valid for Submission
S88.919 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of complete traumatic amputation of unspecified lower leg, level unspecified. The code 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.
The ICD-10-CM code S88.919 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like traumatic amputation of lower leg, unilateral traumatic amputation of leg at or above knee with complication, unilateral traumatic amputation of leg with complication or unilateral traumatic amputation of leg without complication.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like S88.919 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.
Specific Coding for Complete traumatic amputation of unsp lower leg, level unsp
Header codes like S88.919 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 complete traumatic amputation of unsp lower leg, level unsp:
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Traumatic amputation of lower leg
- Unilateral traumatic amputation of leg at OR above knee with complication
- Unilateral traumatic amputation of leg with complication
- Unilateral traumatic amputation of leg without complication
Information for Patients
People can lose all or part of an arm or leg for a number of reasons. Common ones include
- Problems with blood circulation. These may be the result of atherosclerosis or diabetes. Severe cases may result in amputation.
- Injuries, including from traffic accidents and military combat
- Birth defects
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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