ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 551.03

Recur bil fem hern-gang

Diagnosis Code 551.03

ICD-9: 551.03
Short Description: Recur bil fem hern-gang
Long Description: Femoral hernia with gangrene, bilateral, recurrent
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 551.03

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the digestive system (520–579)
    • Hernia of abdominal cavity (550-553)
      • 551 Other hernia of abdominal cavity, with gangrene

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • K41.11 - Bilateral femoral hernia, with gangrene, recurrent

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 551.03 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Hernia, hernial (acquired) (recurrent) 553.9
      • femoral (unilateral) 553.00
        • bilateral 553.02
          • recurrent 553.03
            • gangrenous (obstructed) 551.03
            • obstructed 552.03
              • with gangrene 551.03
        • recurrent (unilateral) 553.01
          • bilateral 553.03
            • gangrenous (obstructed) 551.03
            • obstructed 552.03
              • with gangrene 551.03

Information for Patients


Gangrene is the death of tissues in your body. It happens when a part of your body loses its blood supply. Gangrene can happen on the surface of the body, such as on the skin, or inside the body, in muscles or organs. Causes include

  • Serious injuries
  • Problems with blood circulation, such as atherosclerosis and peripheral arterial disease
  • Diabetes

Skin symptoms may include a blue or black color, pain, numbness, and sores that produce a foul-smelling discharge. If the gangrene is internal, you may run a fever and feel unwell, and the area may be swollen and painful.

Gangrene is a serious condition. It needs immediate attention. Treatment includes surgery, antibiotics, and oxygen therapy. In severe cases an amputation may be necessary.

  • Gangrene
  • Gas gangrene



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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