AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 6 (June)

Surgery Nervous System (June 2001)

June 2001 page 11a Coding Consultation Nervous System, Surgery, 64702-64727 (Q&A) Question Code 64727 describes internal neurolysis. The parenthetical note following this code states that neuroplasty includes external neurolysis. What is the difference between internal and external neurolysis? AMA Comment As stated in the usage guidelines for codes 64702-64726, neuroplasty is the decompression or freeing of intact nerve from scar tissue, including external neurolysis and/or transposition. External neurolysis is used to evaluate the nerve to determine if segmental nerve resection and suture are indicated and to enhance regeneration when resection and/or suture are not performed. External neurolysis includes...

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