ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 553.20

Ventral hernia NOS

Diagnosis Code 553.20

ICD-9: 553.20
Short Description: Ventral hernia NOS
Long Description: Ventral, unspecified, hernia without mention of obstruction or gangrene
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 553.20

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the digestive system
    • Hernia of abdominal cavity (550-553)
      • 553 Other hernia of abdominal cavity without mention of obstruction or gangrene

Information for Medical Professionals

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Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 553.20 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Hernia, hernial (acquired) (recurrent) 553.9
      • ventral 553.20
        • with
          • gangrene (obstructed) 551.20
          • obstruction 552.20
            • and gangrene 551.20
        • incisional 553.21
        • recurrent 553.21
          • with
            • gangrene (obstructed) 551.21
            • obstruction 552.21
              • and gangrene 551.21

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
  • Gastroschisis repair
  • Hernia
  • Inguinal hernia - discharge
  • Inguinal hernia repair
  • Omphalocele
  • Omphalocele repair
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Umbilical hernia repair
  • Ventral hernia repair

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