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Trends in Operating Room Procedures in U.S. Hospitals, 2001-2011

Here are some notable trends in hospital operating room procedures over an eleven year span through 2011:

  • The proportion of orthopedic procedures grew by 38%, increasing from 18% of all procedures in 2001 to 24% in 2011. The volume of knee arthroplasties nearly doubled during this time span.
  • Gastrointestinal procedures comprised the second largest number and proportion of procedures, with a small increase over 11 years.
  • Two common cardiovascular procedures — coronary artery bypass graft and percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty — each decreased significantly in volume, with CABGs down by nearly half and PTCAs down over a quarter in volume.

These and other surgical volume trends can be found in a new briefing from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Source: Weiss AJ and Elixhauser A. Trends in operating room procedures in U.S. hospitals, 2001-2011. HCUP [Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project] Statistical Brief, no. 171, March 2014. http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb171-Operating-Room-Procedure-Trends.pdf

Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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