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 nephrolithotomy and pyelolithotomy.


Renal (kidney) stones can form in one or both kidneys. In laparoscopic nephrolithotomy and pyelolithotomy, small incisions are made in the abdomen and the stones are removed from the kidney using a fine fibreoptic tube to see and perform simple movements inside the body (also known as 'keyhole surgery').

Coding recommendations

M06.1 Open removal of calculus from kidney

Includes: Nephrolithotomy and Pyelolithotomy

Y75.2 Laparoscopic approach to abdominal cavity NEC