AMA CPT® Assistant - 2006 Issue 4 (April)

Revisions to the Digestive System (April 2006)

April 2006 pages 1-7 Revisions to the Digestive System The Digestive System of CPT 2006 has gone through extensive revisions. Particularly noteworthy are the addition of the gastric restrictive and laparoscopic bowel procedure codes, as well as guideline and parenthetical additions. This article will examine each of these components and intended applications for precise digestive system coding. Bariatric Surgery The laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedure, an alternative to gastric bypass surgery, is rapidly becoming a widely performed operation for morbid obesity. This procedure involves the use of laparoscopic techniques to place an adjustable silicone band around the upper stomach...

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