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

Description

Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy is the removal of the left part of the pancreas (an organ in the upper abdomen that is involved in digestion and produces insulin). The procedure is carried out through small incisions in the abdomen, using a fine telescope to see inside the body (also known as 'keyhole surgery').

Coding recommendations

There are specific codes available within OPCS-4 to classify total excision of pancreas, excision of head of pancreas, and partial excision of pancreas; a fourth character code must be selected from the categories below and combined with Y75.2.

J55.- Total excision of pancreas

Y75.2 Laparoscopic approach to abdominal cavity NEC

or

J56.- Excision of head of pancreas

Y75.2 Laparoscopic approach to abdominal cavity NEC

or

J57.- Other partial excision of pancreas

Y75.2 Laparoscopic approach to abdominal cavity NEC