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Lithium ion battery, rechargeable, for non-prosthetic use, replacement

HCPCS code

Name of the Procedure:

Lithium Ion Battery Replacement for Medical Devices

  • Common Names: Battery Replacement, Lithium Battery Change
  • Technical Terms: Replacement of Lithium Ion Battery, Rechargeable Battery Exchange (HCPCS code: A4601)


This procedure involves the replacement of a rechargeable lithium ion battery used in non-prosthetic medical devices. It is a straightforward process conducted to ensure that the device remains functional and reliable.


The purpose of the procedure is to maintain or restore the function of medical devices that rely on lithium ion batteries. Expected outcomes include uninterrupted operation of the medical device, thereby ensuring consistent patient care and device reliability.


  • Diminished battery life or failure to hold a charge
  • Device malfunctions or alerts indicating battery replacement
  • Regular scheduled maintenance as per device guidelines


  • No special preparation is typically required for this procedure.
  • Patients should inform their healthcare provider of any current medications or medical conditions.
  • Diagnostic tests or assessments depend on the specific device being powered by the battery.

Procedure Description

  1. Device power-down: Ensure the medical device is turned off and safely prepared for battery replacement.
  2. Battery removal: Open the battery compartment and carefully remove the old lithium ion battery.
  3. Battery insertion: Insert the new rechargeable lithium ion battery, ensuring correct alignment and connection.
  4. Device test: Power on the medical device to verify the new battery's installation and proper function.

    Tools & Technology:

    • Screwdrivers or other tools specific to the device's battery compartment
    • Approved, compatible lithium ion battery (A4601)


The procedure typically takes 15-30 minutes, depending on the device's complexity.


  • Outpatient clinic
  • Home healthcare visit
  • Medical device service center


  • Healthcare provider
  • Medical technician
  • Depending on the device, this could also be managed by the patient or a caregiver with proper instructions.

Risks and Complications

  • Minimal risks, primarily associated with improper installation
  • Device malfunction if the battery is not correctly replaced
  • In rare cases, potential risk of battery leak or overheating


  • Ensures continuous and reliable operation of the medical device
  • Immediate improvement in device performance
  • Long-term cost-effectiveness of maintaining device functionality


  • No significant recovery time is needed.
  • Follow device-specific instructions for initial charging and usage post-replacement.
  • Schedule and attend any follow-up appointments if required.


  • Alternative power sources, such as non-rechargeable batteries, which may not be feasible for all devices.
  • Direct power supply via electrical outlet, limited by the need for mobility in many medical devices.
  • Device replacement, which can be more costly and time-consuming.

Patient Experience

  • During the procedure: Minimal discomfort, primarily involving waiting while the battery is replaced.
  • After the procedure: May experience improved device performance immediately.
  • Pain management: Not typically needed; any discomfort should be minimal and short-lived.

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