AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 7 (July)

Coding for Varicose Veins Treatment: Ligation of Perforator Veins (July 2010)

July 2010 page 6 Coding for Varicose Veins Treatment: Ligation of Perforator Veins Varicose veins are a permanent dilation and tortuosity of veins most commonly seen in the legs and less so in the feet. Usually presenting as twisted and bulging near the skin’s surface, these enlarged vessels can appear as blue or dark purple cords. Although any vein may become varicose, varicose veins most often present in the legs because the act of standing and walking increases pressure in the veins of the lower body. This increased pressure may cause blood to flow backward due to malfunctioning...

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