Definitions for Character #3 of PCS Codes Medical and Surgical Root Operations

by  Christine Woolstenhulme, QCC, QMCS, CPC, CMRS
April 12th, 2017

Character #3 of PCS codes Medical and Surgical Root operations definitions

Alteration

Modifying the anatomic structure of a body part without affecting the function of the body part

 

Bypass

Altering the route of passage of the contents of a tubular body part

 

Change

Taking out or off a device from a body part, and putting back an identical or similar device in or on the same body part without cutting or puncturing the skin or a mucous membrane

 

Control

Stopping, or attempting to stop, post procedural bleeding

 

Creation

Making a new genital structure that does not take over the function of a body part

 

Destruction

Physical eradication of all or a portion of a body part by the direct use of energy, force, or a destructive agent

 

Detachment

Cutting off all or part of the upper or lower extremities

 

Dilation

Expanding an orifice or the lumen of a tubular body part

 

Division

Cutting into a body part without draining fluids and/or gases from the body part in order to separate or transect a body part

 

Drainage

Taking or letting out fluids and/or gases from a body part

 

Excision

Cutting out or off, without replacement, a portion of a body part

 

Extirpation

Taking or cutting out solid matter from a body part

 

Extraction

Pulling or stripping out or off all or a portion of a body part by the use of force

 

Fragmentation

Breaking solid matter in a body part into pieces

 

Fusion

Joining together portions of an articular body part rendering the articular body part immobile

 

Insertion

Putting in a non-biological appliance that monitors, assists, performs, or prevents a physiological function, but does not physically take the place of a body part

 

Inspection

Visually and/or manually exploring a body part

 

Map

Locating the route of passage of electrical impulses and/or locating functional areas in a body part

 

Occlusion

Completely closing an orifice or the lumen of a tubular body part

 

Reattachment

Putting back in or on all or a portion of a separated body part to its normal location or other suitable location

 

Release

Freeing a body part from an abnormal physical constraint by cutting or by use of force

 

Removal

Taking out or off a device from a body part

 

Repair

Restoring, to the extent possible, a body part to its normal anatomic structure and function

 

Replacement

Putting in or on biological or synthetic material that physically takes the place and/or function of all or a portion of a body part

 

Reposition

Moving all or a portion of a body part to its normal location or other suitable location

 

Resection

Cutting out or off, without replacement, all of a body part

 

Restriction

Partially closing an orifice or the lumen of a tubular body part

 

Revision

Correcting, to the extent possible, a portion of a malfunctioning device or the position of a displaced device

 

Supplement

Putting in or on biological or synthetic material that physically reinforces and/or augments the function of a body part

 

Transfer

Moving, without taking out, all or a portion of a body part to another location to take over the function of all or a portion of a body part

 

Transplantation

Putting in or on all or a portion of a living body part taken from another individual or animal to physically take the place and/or function of all or a portion of a similar body part

References:

Definitions for Character #3 of PCS Codes Medical and Surgical Root Operations. (2017, April 12). Find-A-Code Articles. Retrieved from https://www.findacode.com/articles/character-3-of-pcs-codes-medical-and-surgical-root-operations-definitions-31186.html

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