AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 3 (March)

Electrophysiologic Operative Procedures (March 2007)

March 2007 pages 1-3 Electrophysiologic Operative Procedures Atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter affects 2 million Americans per year and this number will most likely increase over time. It is estimated that several thousand patients per year are candidates for these procedures. The first atrial ablation (maze procedure) was performed in 1987 with the first CPT code being published in 1996. This article will address the current family of codes that describe the surgical treatment of supraventricular dysrhythmias (most frequently atrial flutter). The technology associated with treatment of these conditions and the nature of the required atrial incisions have evolved...

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