Tonsillectomy using laser

NICE interventional procedures guidance [IPG186] Published date:

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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Tonsillectomy using laser.

  • Description

    This procedure is used to treat recurrent or chronic tonsillar infection, chronic sore throat, airway obstruction or chronic halitosis.

    Lasers used in tonsillectomy include CO2, KTP and contact diode lasers. Lasers both dissect tissue and coagulate blood vessels. Lasers can be used to either completely resect (laser tonsillectomy), reduce (laser assisted serial tonsillectomy) or vaporise (laser vaporisation tonsillectomy) tonsillar tissues

  • OPCS4.6 Code(s)

    F34.3 Bilateral laser tonsillectomy

    Note: Use a supplementary code for concurrent excision of adenoid (E20.1Total adenoidectomy Includes: Excision of adenoid and adenoidectomy or E20.4 Suction diathermy adenoidectomy)

    The NHS Classifications Service of NHS Connecting for Health is the central definitive source for clinical coding guidance and determines the coding standards associated with the classifications (OPCS-4 and ICD-10) to be used across the NHS.   The NHS Classifications Service and NICE work collaboratively to ensure the most appropriate classification codes are provided.


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