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MP 7.01.27 Cerebellar Stimulation/Pacemaker

Original Policy Date
Last Review Status/Date
Reviewed by consensus/4:2002
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Electrical stimulation of the cerebellum using arrays of electrodes surgically implanted on the anterior surface of the cerebellum has been proposed as one way to treat certain neurological disorders. Leads connected to the electrodes emerge through small openings in the skull and are placed subcutaneously down the neck to a stimulator implanted in a subcutaneous pocket below the clavicle on the anterior chest.


The use of the cerebellar stimulator/pacemaker is considered investigational.

Policy Guidelines

No applicable information

Benefit Application

No applicable information


2002 Update
While two cerebellar stimulation devices have FDA 510K clearance, these devices are no longer marketed.





CPT  61870  Craniectomy for implantation of neurostimulator electrodes, cerebellar, cortical 
  61875  Subcortical 
  61885  Incision and subcutaneous placement of cranial neurostimulator pulse generator or receiver, direct or inductive coupling 
ICD-9 Procedure  02.93  Implantation of intracranial neurostimulator 
ICD-9 Diagnosis    Investigational for all codes 
HCPCS  E0751  Implantable neurostimulator pulse generator/receiver 
  E0753  Implantable neurostimulator electrodes/leads 
Type of Service  Surgery 
Place of Service  Inpatient 


Cerebellar stimulator/pacemaker
Electrical nerve stimulation, cerebellar stimulator/pacemaker
Stimulation, electrical, cerebellar

Policy History

Date Action Reason
03/31/96 Add to Surgery section New Policy
12/18/02 Replace policy Policy updated and retired.

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