Outpatient Surgeries Outnumber Inpatient Surgeries at 53M Procedures a Year

Outpatient surgery has increased to 53 million procedures a year in the United States over the last few decades, outnumbering inpatient surgeries by 7 million in 2006, according to a St. Petersburg Times report.

According to the report, the growth comes as a result of medical advances, including minimally invasive procedures and better anesthesia and pain management drugs. Outpatient surgeries can also be performed at a lower cost than inpatient surgeries.

Here is a list of the top 10 outpatient surgeries, by volume, according to 2006 data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

1. Lens and cataract procedures: 7 million
2. Endoscopy of large intestine: 5.7 million
3. Endoscopy of small intestine: 3.4 million
4. Therapeutic or prophylactic injections and infusions: 1.4 million
5. Removal of skin lesion or tissue, or subcutaneous tissue: 1.1 million
6. Arteriography and angiocardiography: 1 million
7. Knee arthroscopy: 956,000
8. Hernia repair: 920,000
9. Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy: 877,000
10. Cystoscopy: 751,000

Here is a list of the top 10 inpatient surgeries, by volume:

1. Arteriography and angiocardiography: 1.7 million
2. Caesarean section: 1.3 million
3. Cardiac catheterizations: 1.1 million
4. Endoscopy of small intestine: 1 million
5. Diagnostic ultrasound: 888,000
6. Computerized axial tomography (CAT scans): 740,000
7. Repair or realignment of a broken bone: 672,000
8. Balloon angioplasty of coronary artery: 661,000
9. Insertion of coronary artery stent: 652,000
10. Hysterectomy: 569,000

Read the St. Petersburg Times report on outpatient surgery.

Read the HHS 2006 Hospital Discharge Survey.

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