Not Valid for Submission
K40 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of inguinal hernia. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.
Specific Coding for Inguinal hernia
Non-specific codes like K40 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for inguinal hernia:
Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries
The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code K40:
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.
- direct inguinal hernia
- double inguinal hernia
- indirect inguinal hernia
- inguinal hernia NOS
- oblique inguinal hernia
- scrotal hernia
- HERNIA INGUINAL-. an abdominal hernia with an external bulge in the groin region. it can be classified by the location of herniation. indirect inguinal hernias occur through the internal inguinal ring. direct inguinal hernias occur through defects in the abdominal wall transversalis fascia in hesselbach's triangle. the former type is commonly seen in children and young adults; the latter in adults.
Information for Patients
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.
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Inguinal Hernia Overview of inguinal hernias, in which contents of the abdomen bulge through a weak area in the lower abdominal wall, and diagnosis and treatment of hernias.
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