AMA CPT® Assistant - 2002 Issue 6 (June)

Repair of Hernia and Pelvic Support Defects in the Female Anatomy (June 2002)

June 2002 pages 4-8 Coding Communication Repair of Hernia and Pelvic Support Defects in the Female Anatomy The pelvic supportive structures (muscles, ligaments, fascia, and connective tissue) of the female anatomy are subject to a number of defects due to weakening and distention. In most cases, these supportive tissues are initially damaged during childbirth. Additional decline of the supportive pelvic anatomy is a result of years of gravitational stretching of the tissues, sporadic abdominal pressure caused by lifting, straining, coughing and sneezing, further degeneration at the onset of menopause and associated hormonal changes, obesity, constipation, pelvic tumors, and previous...

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