Tonsillectomy using laser (IPG186)
Fast, easy summary view of NICE guidance on 'ear nose and throat conditions'
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Tonsillectomy using laser.
This procedure is used to treat recurrent or chronic tonsillar infection, chronic sore throat, airway obstruction or chronic halitosis.
Lasers used in tonsillectomy include CO2, KTP and contact diode lasers. Lasers both dissect tissue and coagulate blood vessels. Lasers can be used to either completely resect (laser tonsillectomy), reduce (laser assisted serial tonsillectomy) or vaporise (laser vaporisation tonsillectomy) tonsillar tissues
F34.3 Bilateral laser tonsillectomy
Note: Use a supplementary code for concurrent excision of adenoid (E20.1Total adenoidectomy Includes: Excision of adenoid and adenoidectomy or E20.4 Suction diathermy adenoidectomy)
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- IPG186 Tonsillectomy using laser - guidance (web format)
- IPG186 Tonsillectomy using laser - guidance
- IPG186 Tonsillectomy using laser - information for the public
- IPG186 Tonsillectomy using laser - information for the public (Word version)
- IPG186 Tonsillectomy using laser - consultation comments tables and responses
- Tonsillectomy using laser - interventional procedures consultation document (second consultation)
- Tonsillectomy using laser - interventional procedures overview (second consultation)
- Laser assisted serial tonsillectomy - interventional procedures consultation document (first consultation)
- Laser assisted serial tonsillectomy - interventional procedures overview (first consultation)
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: ear nose and throat conditions
This page was last updated: 06 February 2014
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