AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2002 Issue 1

Billing of sacral nerve stimulation

Urinary incontinence is a sudden uncontrollable loss of urine, which may result from such nerve conditions as spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, or from other bladder problems. Patients who suffer from this condition have a new treatment option; an implantable nerve stimulator called the Sacral Nerve Stimulator System. There are various types of urinary incontinence. The two most common types of incontinence are stress and urge incontinence. The specific diagnosis can be made by either physical examination or urodynamic testing. Stress incontinence refers to involuntary loss of urine due to inadequate urethral pressure. The patient experiences urine loss...

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