Blog | Friday, January 30, 2009

More surgical procedures occurring outside of hospitals

More and more surgical procedures are being performed in freestanding ambulatory centers as opposed to hospitals, according to the recently released 2006 National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. The rate of visits to freestanding ambulatory surgery centers increased by 300% between 1996 and 2006, while at the same time the rate of visits to hospitals remained virtually unchanged.

Other notable findings from the survey include:
  • Females had significantly more ambulatory surgery visits
    than men.
  • Although the majority of visits had only one (56.3%) or two (28.5%) procedures performed, 2.6% had five or more procedures performed.
  • Frequently performed procedures on ambulatory patients included endoscopy of large intestine, endoscopy of the small intestine, extraction of lens, injection of agent into spinal canal, and insertion of prosthetic lens.

There are many more interesting statistics in the CDC's Winter Quarterly Fact Sheet, which focuses on heart disease.