The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on uterine artery embolisation for fibroids.

It replaces the previous guidance on uterine artery embolisation for fibroids (NICE interventional procedures guidance 1 and 94).

Description

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that occur in the womb. They often have no symptoms but they can cause heavy bleeding, pain, and sometimes make it difficult for a woman to conceive or to carry a pregnancy to term. Uterine artery embolisation involves injecting small particles into the blood vessels that take blood to the uterus, via the groin. The aim is to block the blood supply to the fibroids to relieve symptoms and reduce their size.

Coding recommendations

L71.3 Percutaneous transluminal embolisation of artery

Y53.- Approach to organ under image control

Z96.6 Uterine artery

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.

In addition the ICD-10 code from category D25.- Leiomyoma of uterus would be recorded.

Your responsibility

This guidance represents the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, healthcare professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account. However, the guidance does not override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.

Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to implement the guidance, in their local context, in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations. Nothing in this guidance should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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