Nucleoplasty and Biacuplasty

Section: Surgery
Effective Date: July 01, 2018
Last Reviewed: January 22, 2020

Description

Nucleoplastyis a minimally invasive percutaneous procedure performed under local anesthesia that was developed as an alternative to open discectomy for treatment of chronic back pain related to disc herniation.Nucleoplasty may also be referred to as decompression nucleoplasty or plasma disc decompression.

Biacuplasty is a minimally invasive percutaneous procedure performed under local anesthesia for the treatment of chronic discogenic pain originating from annular fissures or contained disc herniation.

Criteria

Nucleoplasty

Nucleoplasty is considered experimental/investigational and therefore non-covered as there are no long- term studies to support or prove the safety and efficacy of this procedure.

Procedure Codes

S2348

Biacuplasty

Biacuplasty is considered experimental/investigational and therefore non-covered as published data are inadequate to permit scientific conclusions regarding the safety and efficacy of this procedure.

Procedure Codes

64999

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