Necessity of some procedures

Why are certain procedures necessary? What will this procedure do? These are questions often asked when one is made aware that they or some they know will have to have a procedure performed Some procedures are used to remove something from the body such as a hysterectomy, where the uterus is removed or lesionectomy, where removal of brain lesions is performed Some procedures are used to alter the human body such as an abdominoplasty, which is a tummy tuck, or trigger point injection (TPI), where medication is injected directly into the skeletal muscle. These terms can be very confusing. You can leam procedure terms much like you would general medical terminology. You can break the word down into the prefix, root, and suffix. When you begin coding you will have to know how to look these terms up in your ICD1O-PCS (for inpatients), Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) level I, or Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) books. This is why it is important to know what to look for and apply. Let’s take the hysterectomy as an example. The breakdown of the word would be (see coding corner for codes): Prefix/Root = Hyster/o = womb (uterus) Suffix = ectomy = surgical removal of organ In this discussion you will complete the Game Show activity (Note: Your score is not part of your discussion grade). Take note of some of the terms that you are given during the game and their definitions. After the game: • Select five terms and provide an example of the procedural term. (Example: Fragmentation, the breaking down of solid matter in a body part into pieces. An example of fragmentation is extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy.) What body part is affected by this procedure? What will the procedure accomplish? How will the procedure be performed? What are the major parts of the term (prefix/root/suffix)? • Identify and summarize one article that was published within two years of the start of this course and addresses the terminology of procedural terms. What procedure term was addressed in the articles? How was the term addressed? What are the key concepts of the article?

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