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.

  • Description

    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’.

  • OPCS4.6 Code(s)

    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.

    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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