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 prostatectomy for benign prostatic obstruction.

  • Description

    The prostate gland lies just under a man's bladder. Benign prostatic obstruction (BPO) happens when the prostate gland gets bigger, squeezing the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the tip of the penis (the urethra) and causing problems with passing of urine. Laparoscopic prostatectomy involves removing the prostate through small cuts in the abdomen, using a fine telescope to see inside the body (also known as 'keyhole surgery').

  • OPCS4.6 Code(s)

    A code from category M61.- Open excision of prostate is assigned


    Y75.2 Laparoscopic approach to abdominal cavity NEC

    In addition ICD-10 code N40.X Hyperplasia of prostate is assigned.


    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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