AMA CPT® Assistant - 2002 Issue 9 (September)

Cryosurgical Ablation of the Prostate (September 2002)

September 2002 page 9 Coding Communication:Cryosurgical Ablation of the Prostate Cryosurgery uses application of extreme cold to destroy cells by freezing them and has been used by physicians for many years to treat skin lesions and tumors. The cryoablation process depends on several factors: the temperature reached; rate of freezing (slow, intermediate, fast); and length of time the cells are frozen. As the temperature approaches and reaches -40°C, several key processes occur that ultimately lead to cell death. Water outside the cells begins to freeze causing water inside the cells to be forced out, which, in turn, results in...

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