AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 4 (April)

Category III - Placement of Gastric Stimulation Electrodes (April 2007)

April 2007 pages 7-10 Coding Communication:Category III - Placement of Gastric Stimulation Electrodes Morbid obesity affects approximately 5% to 7% of the American population. Based on the National Institute of Health (NIH) criteria, persons with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 or a BMI greater than 35 with comorbid conditions such as severe sleep apnea, obesity related cardiomyopathy, or diabetes mellitus are candidates for a surgical procedure for obesity.1 Currently, it is reported that more than 120,000 bariatric procedures for the treatment of obesity are performed annually.2 It is anticipated that implanted gastric stimulation...

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