The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Breast reconstruction using lipomodelling after breast cancer treatment.
Surgical treatment for breast cancer involves either removal of the breast (a mastectomy) or removal of the tumour and some adjacent breast tissue (breast-conserving surgery or lumpectomy). Following mastectomy, many women choose some type of breast reconstruction. However, after breast-conserving surgery, which can produce a significant deformity, very few options are normally offered. This procedure involves taking fat from the abdomen or thighs and injecting it into the breast in the area of the deformity caused by surgery.
B37.5 Lipofilling of breast
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