AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 11 (November)

Transendoscopic Stent Placement (November 2001)

November 2001 page 7 Coding Communication Transendoscopic Stent Placement A stent is placed into the small intestine at the site of a stenosis to improve intestinal function. Among other uses, transendoscopic stent placement is commonly used as a nonsurgical treatment alternative for palliation of patients with duodenal and colonic obstructions or with gastric outlet strictures caused by malignant neoplasms. Placement of enteral stents requires unique CPT codes to adequately describe the level of work, time, and risk involved in performing the procedure. Codes 44370, 44379, and 44383 were created to describe enteral stenting with small intestinal endoscopy and ileoscopy...

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