The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Laparoscopic insertion of a magnetic-bead band for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease


In patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, the acidic contents of the stomach are able escape backwards into the oesophagus (gullet). This is known as acid reflux and causes heartburn (a burning sensation or pain) or an acid sensation or taste in the mouth. This happens because the sphincter (ring of muscle) that keeps the stomach contents down isn’t working properly. This procedure involves placing a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores around the lower oesophagus, just above the stomach. The aim is that the magnetic attraction between the beads will help to keep the sphincter closed when not eating to prevent acid reflux, but the person can still belch or vomit.

Coding recommendations

G24.8 Other specified antireflux operations

Y75.2 Laparoscopic approach to abdominal cavity NEC

In addition an ICD-10 code from category K21.- Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease is assigned.

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