CPT Code 97016 | Vasopneumatic Devices
CPT 97016 describes the application of vasopneumatic devices, a specialized form of equipment used to reduce swelling and inflammation in an injured limb through pressure and compression therapy, as well as elevation of the limb, to aid in the healing process.
The CPT book defines CPT 97016 as: “Application of a modality to 1 or more areas; vasopneumatic devices.”
Vasopneumatic devices are a specialized form of equipment and are specifically designed to reduce swelling and inflammation in an injured limb.
These devices work by applying pressure to the affected area through the use of a sleeve or boot that is placed around the limb.
The provider first has the patient lie down on a table and then fits the sleeve or boot around the affected limb.
Once the sleeve or boot is in place, the provider uses a small compressor to fill it with air.
The compression machine is then set to provide a specific amount of pressure for a set period of time, before releasing the pressure.
This process is repeated several times, with the compression and release of pressure helping to reduce swelling and promote circulation.
In addition to the compression therapy, the provider also elevates the limb being treated, which helps to further reduce swelling and increase blood flow.
This can be done by placing the limb on a pillow or other elevated surface. The provider may treat one or more areas in the same session, depending on the extent of the injury and the patient’s needs.
The use of vasopneumatic devices is an effective way to manage swelling and inflammation following an acute injury or surgical procedure.
By applying pressure to the affected area, these devices help to reduce swelling, promote circulation, and speed up the healing process.
They are often used in combination with other treatments, such as physical therapy, to help the patient achieve a full and speedy recovery.