The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Single-port laparoscopic nephrectomy.


If a kidney is affected by cancer or irreversibly damaged, it may need to be removed. Removal of a kidney (nephrectomy) can be done as an open operation or through ‘keyhole surgery’ using several small incisions (laparoscopy). This procedure aims to produce less scarring and discomfort than traditional open or laparoscopic nephrectomy, by using a single ‘keyhole’.

Coding recommendations

M02.- Total excision of kidney

Y75.2 Laparoscopic approach to abdominal cavity NEC

Note: A fourth character must be selected from category M02.- Total excision of kidney to further specify the type of nephrectomy performed.

It is not possible to capture the fact that the procedure was performed through a single umbilical port.

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