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S5W-10965: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many operations for the treatment of lipoedema have been carried out in each year since 2006-07, broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Shona Robison 14 September 2017

As there is no ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision) code suitable to identify the diagnosis of lipoedema in the data supplied by NHS Boards, specific treatments cannot be linked to this diagnosis.

However, lipoedema is frequently treated with liposuction and brachioplasty procedures and it is possible to provide the total number of these procedures done for all conditions combined. Tables 1 and 2 show the number of liposuction and brachioplasty procedures that have been carried out by financial year, from 2006-07 to 2016-17. It is, however, important to note that it is not possible to identify which of these procedures were carried out to treat lipoedema.

Table 1. Number of liposuction procedures1,2; by NHS Board; 2006-7 to 2016-17p

NHS Board

Financial Year

06-07

07-08

08-09

09-10

10-11

11-12

12-13

13-14

14-15

15-16

16-17p

Ayrshire & Arran

*

-

-

*

-

-

-

-

*

*

-

Borders

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Dumfries & Galloway

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

*

Fife

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

*

*

*

11

Forth Valley

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

*

Grampian

*

22

*

*

47

72

81

66

75

61

61

Greater Glasgow & Clyde

71

100

124

81

153

133

101

149

170

197

217

Highland

-

-

-

-

-

*

-

-

-

-

-

Lanarkshire

-

-

*

-

-

-

-

*

-

-

-

Lothian

25

51

44

42

45

94

154

186

166

162

158

Orkney

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Shetland

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Tayside

39

40

50

52

55

*

75

89

85

64

51

Western Isles

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

National Waiting Times Centre3

73

51

56

61

66

65

57

53

39

31

40

Scotland

235

264

299

268

366

417

468

550

560

530

542

Source: ISD Scotland SMR01 dataset as at 13th August 2017

Ref: IR2017-01400

p- provisional

* Indicates values that have been suppressed due to the potential risk of disclosure and to help maintain patient confidentiality.

- Denotes zero

1. The data relates to the following OPCS Classification of Surgical Operations and Procedures (4th revision) (OPCS-4) code:

S622 – Liposuction of subcutaneous tissue, not elsewhere classified

2. Any liposuction procedures that were carried out as part of another procedure have been excluded.

3. Since March 2008, the Golden Jubilee National Hospital (National Waiting Times Centre) moved to provide specialist services resulting in a case-mix of patients that differ substantially from the majority of other hospitals in Scotland.

Table 2. Number of brachioplasty procedures1,2; Scotland; 2006-7 to 2016-17p

Scotland

Financial Year

06-07

07-08

08-09

09-10

10-11

11-12

12-13

13-14

14-15

15-16

16-17p

Total

6

13

9

10

9

15

2

5

5

8

5

87

Source: ISD Scotland SMR01 dataset as at 13th August 2017

Ref: IR2017-01400

p- provisional

1. The data relates to the following OPCS Classification of Surgical Operations and Procedures (4th revision) (OPCS-4) code:

S033 – Excision of redundant skin or fat of arm

2. Any brachioplasty procedures that were carried out as part of another procedure have been excluded.