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Top Inpatient Surgeries in the U.S.

At Surgical Overstock, we like to share the most current information about surgery with you. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 National Hospital Discharge Survey has the most recent data about inpatient surgical procedures in the U.S. The data collected in the survey is for short-stay inpatient surgery procedures performed in nonfederal hospitals, excluding newborn infant statistics. In total, 51.4 million procedures were reported in 2010. Here’s a breakdown of the top procedures:

Top Inpatient Surgeries in the U.S.


The top procedures in 2010 were arteriography and angiocardiography using contrast material at 2.4 million. Cardiac catheterizations accounted for 1.0 million procedures. In 2010, 500,000 surgical procedures were for a balloon angioplasty of coronary artery or a coronary atherectomy. 454,000 insertions of coronary artery stents and 395,000 coronary artery bypass grafts were reported.

Intestine Endoscopy

Endoscopy of the small intestine with or without biopsy made up 1.1 million of the total procedures. Surgical endoscopy of the large intestine with or without biopsy followed at 499,000.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Cesarean sections were reported 1.3 million times. Diagnostic ultrasounds accounted for 1.1 million in the Hospital Discharge Survey. Nearly 500,000 Hysterectomies were performed (498,000).

Bone Fractures and Replacements

671,000 procedures were for the reduction of a fracture. Total knee replacements were performed 719,000 times, whereas, total hip replacement came in at 332,000.

For more information about the survey, visit the National Hospital Discharge Survey: 2010 table, Procedures by selected patient characteristics – Number by procedure category and age  [PDF – 38 KB]

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