Diagnosis Code K44
Information for Medical Professionals
References found for the code K44 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:
- Includes Notes: Includes Notes
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.
- hiatus hernia (esophageal) (sliding)
- paraesophageal hernia
- Type 1 Excludes Notes: Type 1 Excludes Notes
A type 1 Excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means “NOT CODED HERE!” An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
- congenital diaphragmatic hernia (Q79.0)
- congenital hiatus hernia (Q40.1)
Information for Patients
Also called: Enterocele
A hernia happens when part of an internal organ or tissue bulges through a weak area of muscle. Most hernias are in the abdomen.
There are several types of hernias, including
- Inguinal, in the groin. This is the the most common type.
- Umbilical, around the belly button
- Incisional, through a scar
- Hiatal, a small opening in the diaphragm that allows the upper part of the stomach to move up into the chest.
- Congenital diaphragmatic, a birth defect that needs surgery
Hernias are common. They can affect men, women, and children. A combination of muscle weakness and straining, such as with heavy lifting, might contribute. Some people are born with weak abdominal muscles and may be more likely to get a hernia.
Treatment is usually surgery to repair the opening in the muscle wall. Untreated hernias can cause pain and health problems.
- Diaphragmatic hernia
- Diaphragmatic hernia repair - congenital
- Femoral hernia
- Femoral hernia repair
- Gastroschisis repair
- Inguinal hernia repair
- Umbilical hernia
- Umbilical hernia repair
- Ventral hernia repair