The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on sacrocolpopexy with hysterectomy using mesh for uterine prolapse repair.
NICE was notified of various procedures for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. NICE asked the Review Body for Interventional Procedures to undertake a systematic review of these procedures.The Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (IPAC) considered the systematic review and have also produced guidance on: sacrocolpopexy using mesh for vaginal vault prolapse repair, infracoccygeal sacropexy using mesh for vaginal vault prolapse repair, infracoccygeal sacropexy using mesh for uterine prolapse repair and insertion of uterine suspension sling (including sacrohysteropexy) using mesh for uterine prolapse repair.
Uterine prolapse occurs when the womb (uterus) slips down from its normal position into the vagina. Sacrocolpopexy is an operation involving the insertion of a piece of material (mesh) with the aim of holding the pelvic organs in place, following surgical removal of the womb.
An OPCS-4 code from one of the following categories is assigned:
Q07.- Abdominal excision of uterus
Q08.- Vaginal excision of uterus
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. www.connectingforhealth.co.uk/clinicalcoding