The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on balloon valvuloplasty for aortic valve stenosis in adults and children.

  • Description

    This procedure is used to treat aortic valve stenosis (narrowing), which may be congenital, or may develop later in life.

    Balloon aortic valvuloplasty involves dilatation of the aortic valve orifice using a balloon during cardiac catheterisation. This avoids the need for open chest surgery.

    The standard treatment involves open chest surgery to perform a valvotomy, or to replace the valve.

  • OPCS4.6 Code(s)

    K35.5 Percutaneous transluminal valvuloplasty

    Includes: Percutanous transluminal balloon valvuloplasty

    Y53.- Approach to organ under image control

    Z32.2 Aortic valve

    Note: Codes within category Y53.- are used as secondary codes to classify interventions that are percutaneous and require some form of image control: if the method of image control is unspecified, Y53.9 Unspecified approach to organ under image control 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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