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The latest data about ambulatory surgery shows that more than half of such surgeries are covered by private insurance, and 53% were performed in hospitals vs. 47% in ASCs.1
There were 48.3 million ambulatory surgery procedures performed in 2010 — the year of the study data. Of these, 70% involved operations on the digestive tract, eye, musculoskeletal system, integumentary system, and nervous system.1
Other findings in the report include the following:
• Thirty-nine percent of procedures were performed on people in the 45-64 age group.
• Nineteen percent of procedures were performed on people in the 65-74 age group, and 14% involved people who were 75 years of age or older.
• About 2% of ambulatory surgery patients were admitted to the hospital as inpatients.
• Endoscopy of the large intestine, including colonoscopies, was performed 4 million times, and endoscopy of the small intestine was performed 2.2 million times. There were an additional 1.1 million performances of endoscopic polypectomy of the large intestine.
• There were 2.9 million extraction of lens operations on eyes, and 2.6 million prosthetic lens insertions.
• Nervous system operations included 2.9 million injections of agent into spinal canal, including pain relief injections.
• About 1.3 million musculoskeletal procedures included operations on muscle, tendon, fascia, and bursa.
• There were 1.2 million integumentary system operations that included excision or destruction of lesion or tissue of skin and subcutaneous tissue.
• The average ambulatory surgery operating room time was 57 minutes, with 33 minutes spent in surgery.
• Ambulatory surgery in hospitals took significantly more time than surgeries performed at ASCs: 63 minutes vs. 50 minutes.1
Financial Disclosure: Editor Jonathan Springston, Editor Jill Drachenberg, Author Melinda Young, Nurse Planner Kay Ball, RN, PhD, CNOR, FAAN, Physician Editor Steven A. Gunderson, DO, and Consulting Editor Mark Mayo report no consultant, stockholder, speaker’s bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study. Stephen W. Earnhart discloses that he is a stockholder and on the board for One Medical Passport.