ADHESION SUFFERERS: Help the U.S. Government Understand the Problems Adhesions Cause!!

From: Helen Dynda (
Thu Jan 3 21:36:34 2002

ADHESIONS are known to cause chronic debilitating pain as the result of ... surgical procedures (even C-sections) ... Endometriosis ... PID ... Radiation ... Ruptured cysts or appendix ... Blunt force trauma. The US Government is considering collect data via the creation of an ICD-9-CM code on the significant surgical procedure: APPLICATION OF AN ADHESION BARRIER for PREVENTION of ADHESIONS.

The existence of a code for: "APPLICATION OF AN ADHESION BARRIER for PREVENTION of ADHESIONS" will enable the government as well as researchers to understand the magnitude of the problem and the need for the expanded use of adhesion barriers and increased funding for research in the prevention and treatment of Adhesion Related Disorder.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are considering a proposal to add an ICD-9-CM code for the application of adhesion barriers.

Your comments will provide evidence that procedures for preventing adhesions should be considered significant procedures that require an ICD-9-CM code.

If you have a story to tell that highlights the need for more understanding about the use of adhesion barriers...

* Email your comments to: IPPSNEWTECH@CMS.HHS.GOV

* Please send a copy to the IAS at:

* Place "Adhesion Barrier Comments" in the subject line.

Comments received after January 8th will not be considered.

Thank you for your input on this important issue.


David Wiseman Ph.D., M.R.Pharm.S. Founder, International Adhesions Society (IAS) .

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