AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 1997 Third Quarter

Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy

Note: As of October 1, 2000, two new codes have been created to identify prostate thermotherapy. Codes 60.96 and 60.97. See for further information. The transurethral microwave thermotherapy (TUMT) represents a breakthrough modality for the treatment of symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the most common benign neoplasm in the aging male. This therapeutic procedure differs from current therapeutic procedures for BPH (i.e., transurethral resection of the prostate and transurethral incision of the prostate) in that it provides a minimally invasive, non-surgical, partial destruction of prostatic tissue by combining the principle of microwave radiative heating and conductive...

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