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 gastric plication for the treatment of morbid obesity


Laparoscopic gastric plication reduces the size of the stomach to limit food intake. It is carried out using keyhole surgery through several (usually 5 or 6) small cuts in the abdomen (belly). It involves folding the stomach in on itself and stitching it together to reduce its volume by about 70%. None of the stomach is removed and the procedure is potentially reversible.

Coding recommendations

G30.8 Other specified plastic operations on stomach

Y75.2 Laparoscopic approach to abdominal cavity NEC

In addition an ICD-10 code from category E66.- Obesity is assigned.

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