AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 8 (August)

Tongue Base Suspension (August 2010)

August 2010 page 11 Tongue Base Suspension CPT code 41512, Tongue base suspension, permanent suture technique, was established in 2009 to report tongue base suspension that utilizes a permanent suture technique for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. CPT code 41500 differs from code 41512, as code 41500 describes nonsuture (eg, K-wire) tongue base suspension. A cross-reference parenthetical note was added following code 41512 to direct users to code 41510 for suture of tongue to lip for micrognathia. With the increasing recognition of sleep disordered breathing/obstructive sleep apnea syndrome due to retrolingual airway narrowing, tongue base suspension...

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