ICD-9 Diagnosis Code V50.8

Elective surgery NEC

Diagnosis Code V50.8

ICD-9: V50.8
Short Description: Elective surgery NEC
Long Description: Other elective surgery for purposes other than remedying health states
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code V50.8

Code Classification
  • Supplementary classification of factors influencing health status and contact with health services
    • Persons encountering health services for specific procedures and aftercare (V50-V59)
      • V50 Elective surgery for purposes other than remedying health states

Information for Patients


Also called: Operation

There are many reasons to have surgery. Some operations can relieve or prevent pain. Others can reduce a symptom of a problem or improve some body function. Some surgeries are done to find a problem. For example, a surgeon may do a biopsy, which involves removing a piece of tissue to examine under a microscope. Some surgeries, like heart surgery, can save your life.

Some operations that once needed large incisions (cuts in the body) can now be done using much smaller cuts. This is called laparoscopic surgery. Surgeons insert a thin tube with a camera to see, and use small tools to do the surgery.

After surgery there can be a risk of complications, including infection, too much bleeding, reaction to anesthesia, or accidental injury. There is almost always some pain with surgery.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

  • Blood donation before surgery
  • Getting yourself healthy before surgery
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  • Smoking and surgery
  • Tests and visits before surgery
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  • The day of your surgery - adult

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