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New Technology

Terms to Operation

Assistance
Taking over a portion of a physiological function by extracorporeal means
Destruction
Physical eradication of all or a portion of a body part by the direct use of energy, force, or a destructive agent
None of the body part is physically taken out

Includes:

  • Fulguration of rectal polyp, cautery of skin lesion
Extirpation
Taking or cutting out solid matter from a body part
The solid matter may be an abnormal byproduct of a biological function or a foreign body; it may be imbedded in a body part or in the lumen of a tubular body part. The solid matter may or may not have been previously broken into pieces

Includes:

  • Thrombectomy, choledocholithotomy
Fusion
Joining together portions of an articular body part rendering the articular body part immobile
The body part is joined together by fixation device, bone graft, or other means

Includes:

  • Spinal fusion, ankle arthrodesis
Introduction
Putting in or on a therapeutic, diagnostic, nutritional, physiological, or prophylactic substance except blood or blood products
Monitoring
Determining the level of a physiological or physical function repetitively over a period of time
Replacement
Putting in or on biological or synthetic material that physically takes the place and/or function of all or a portion of a body part
The body part may have been taken out or replaced, or may be taken out, physically eradicated, or rendered nonfunctional during the Replacement procedure. A Removal procedure is coded for taking out the device used in a previous replacement procedure

Includes:

  • Total hip replacement, bone graft, free skin graft
Reposition
Moving to its normal location, or other suitable location, all or a portion of a body part
The body part is moved to a new location from an abnormal location, or from a normal location where it is not functioning correctly. The body part may or may not be cut out or off to be moved to the new location

Includes:

  • Reposition of undescended testicle, fracture reduction