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

Description

Protruding ears can be distressing to the individual who has them. This procedure aims to improve the appearance of the ear without cutting into the skin. A hollow needle is used to divide the ear cartilage, and stitches buried under the skin are used to remould the ear.

Coding recommendations

D03.3 Pinnaplasty

Includes: Correction of prominent ear.

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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