AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 7 (July)

Male Genital System (July 2007)

July 2007 page 5 Coding Communication:Male Genital System In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement supporting the use of regional anesthesia with newborn circumcision as a safe, effective, and desirable way to alleviate pain. Prior to this endorsement, less that 10% of newborn circumcisions in the United States were performed with regional anesthesia, including either dorsal penile nerve block or ring block. Although administration of a penile nerve block prior to circumcision has been advocated by some for more than 25 years, only within the last five to 10 years has it gained widespread...

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