The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Foker technique for long gap oesophageal atresia.

Description

Oesophageal atresia is a congenital condition in which there is a break in the continuity of the oesophagus between the mouth and stomach at birth. The length of the atresia can vary from a few millimetres to a few centimetres.

The Foker technique involves encouraging the ends of the oesophagus to grow under traction over a number of days or weeks Once the ends of the oesophagus have come together, or are in close proximity, a primary anastomosis is performed

Coding recommendations

Procedure

SNOMED CT preferred term (concept ID)

Repair of long gap oesophageal atresia by Foker technique (823291000000101)

OPCS-4

G07.3 Correction of congenital atresia of oesophagus

Note: OPCS-4 codes Y70.3 First stage of staged operations NOC or Y71.1 Subsequent stage of staged operations NOC may be added to indicate the stage of the procedure.

Diagnosis or health condition

SNOMED CT preferred term (concept ID)

Congenital atresia of oesophagus (26179002)