OPCS 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7 & 4.8 Code Locator
(04/11/2016) Now includes OPCS 4.8
(last update 23/12/2014)
How to search:
- Enter a search term or code in the box below and click search.
- Please note this is not a full search facility - 'Laparotomy for small bowel obstruction' will not get you very far!
- Remember OPCS code are not that descriptive the above operation would be searched for under 'jejunum' or 'ileum'. you then choose the most appropriate code depending on what you did.
- Also OPCS codes describe the operation, not the operation name - you will not find Delorme's Procedure for example - you need to search for 'rectal prolapse'
- You can do partial searches such as 'append', and all the codes for any operation with 'append' in will appear. You can also search for codes - H01 for example, brings up all the codes for appendicectomy, whereas H01.3 will be the specific code for 'Emergency excision of normal appendix'
- Sometimes it is easier to look at the BUPA codes and back-transform them to OPCS4 codes. For example - search for 'Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy' - no OPCS4 code, but there are 2 BUPA codes - J1830 & J1880. To convert to an OPCS4 code, drop the final digit then place a decimal place before the last digit - J1830 become J18.3. You should then check that J18.3 is the correct code (or look for all the J18 codes) as this method does not always work - search for 'anterior resection' for example.
- Almost all laparoscopic procedures need the following code added - Y50.8 (OPCS 4.2) and then Y75.1 (OPCS 4.3 - when we start using it). So a laparoscopic cholecystectomy is coded as J18.3 + Y50.8
- Reversal of Hartmann's Procedure is a difficult coding problem - use the following: H15.4 + Y16.2 + Z29.1
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NHS OPCS 4.2 -4.8 codes are shown in the first table and BUPA codes in the second tablePlease enter your search details in the box above.