The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on ultrasound-guided regional nerve block.


There are a number of conditions for which regional anaesthesia to allow surgery is required for a specific part of the body. This technique aims to provide accurate placement of local anaesthetic by using ultrasound guidance to position needles that deliver the local anaesthetic in the correct place next to the nerves.

Coding recommendations

Y53.2 Approach to organ under ultrasonic control is added in a secondary position to the OPCS-4 code(s) for the nerve block procedure.

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