ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 552.21

Obstr incisional hernia

Diagnosis Code 552.21

ICD-9: 552.21
Short Description: Obstr incisional hernia
Long Description: Incisional ventral hernia with obstruction
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 552.21

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the digestive system (520–579)
    • Hernia of abdominal cavity (550-553)
      • 552 Other hernia of abdominal cavity, with obstruction, but without mention of gangrene

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • K43.0 - Incisional hernia with obstruction, without gangrene

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 552.21 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Hernia, hernial (acquired) (recurrent) 553.9
      • epigastric 553.29
        • recurrent 553.21
          • with
            • obstruction 552.21
              • and gangrene 551.21
      • incisional 553.21
        • with
          • obstruction 552.21
            • and gangrene 551.21
        • lumbar - see Hernia, lumbar
          • with
            • obstruction 552.21
              • and gangrene 551.21
      • postoperative 553.21
        • with
          • obstruction 552.21
            • and gangrene 551.21
      • ventral 553.20
        • recurrent 553.21
          • with
            • 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


Intestinal Obstruction

Also called: Bowel obstruction, Intestinal volvulus, Paralytic ileus

An intestinal obstruction occurs when food or stool cannot move through the intestines. The obstruction can be complete or partial. There are many causes. The most common are adhesions, hernias, cancers, and certain medicines.

Symptoms include

  • Severe abdominal pain or cramping
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Loud bowel sounds
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Inability to pass gas
  • Constipation

A complete intestinal obstruction is a medical emergency. It often requires surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Intestinal obstruction repair
  • Intestinal or bowel obstruction - discharge
  • Intussusception (children)
  • Large bowel resection - discharge
  • Low-residue fiber diet
  • Primary intestinal pseudo-obstruction
  • Small bowel resection
  • Small bowel resection - discharge
  • Total colectomy or proctocolectomy - discharge

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