AMA CPT® Assistant - 1997 Issue 10 (October)

Rubber Band Ligation of Hemorrhoids (October 1997)

October 1997 pages 6-8 Coding Communication Rubber Band Ligation of Hemorrhoids While not a popular subject, hemorrhoids is a condition that affects 4.4% of the western population, of whom a third are symptomatic and need treatment. Rectal pain and/or bleeding are common complaints among the general population, with hemorrhoids being the most common etiology. Rubber band ligation (RBL) is widely used in the treatment of all grades of internal hemorrhoids, but is most effective in Grade 1 or Grade 2. For some patients, rubber band ligation is an acceptable alternative to surgical hemorrhoidectomy. The rubber band method represents...

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