STATISTICAL BRIEF #86
Allison Russo, M.P.H., Anne Elixhauser, Ph.D., Claudia Steiner, M.P.H., M.D., and Lauren Wier, M.P.H
Ambulatory surgery (AS), or outpatient surgery, is a planned surgical episode where the patient requires hospital care for less than 24 hours. Outpatient procedures account for a growing proportion of surgeries performed in U.S. hospitals because AS increasingly substitutes for inpatient surgery for many procedures.1 Nationally, 63 percent of all surgeries in 2005 did not require an overnight hospital stay and were considered outpatient, compared with 51 percent in 1990 and only 16 percent in 1980.2,3
Two major factors explain this overall growth in ambulatory surgeries. First, advances in surgical technology and anesthesia have made surgery easier on patients and increased the demand for outpatient procedures. Second, in an effort to reduce rising health care costs, health care payment policies have encouraged AS. For example, the Medicare program adopted an outpatient prospective payment system authorizing payment for surgical services in a variety of settings, such as a physician’s office, a hospital outpatient department, or an ambulatory surgical center. A comparison of AS data to inpatient surgery data is essential for understanding utilization patterns and costs for specific surgical procedures.
This Statistical Brief presents data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Ambulatory Surgery Databases (SASD) and State Inpatient Databases (SID). These databases provide information on hospital-based ambulatory and inpatient surgeries performed in short-term, acute-care hospitals in the 28 states that provided AS data to HCUP in 2007. These 28 states encompass about two-thirds of the U.S. population. These statistics exclude procedures performed in freestanding AS centers because these centers are not included in many State AS data sources.
This report compares the utilization of ambulatory surgery procedures in hospitals to inpatient procedures in 28 states that provide data sources for both hospital-based ambulatory and inpatient surgery. The analysis is limited to major invasive procedures requiring anesthesia services or sedation, but excludes procedures that are performed infrequently in ambulatory surgery settings, procedures that are adjunct to the principal procedure, dental procedures, obstetrical procedures, and procedures that are done predominantly in outpatient settings outside of hospitals.4 This report provides information about the distribution of inpatient versus outpatient surgical procedures by body system, as well as the most common surgical procedures performed in an outpatient setting. In addition, ambulatory and inpatient volume, procedure rates, and hospital charge information are compared for each procedure. Unless otherwise noted, estimates are based on all-listed procedures. All differences between estimates provided in the text are statistically significant at the 0.05 level or better.
Characteristics of ambulatory surgery procedures performed in community hospitals
Based on data from the 28 states examined for this report, nearly 10.8 million ambulatory surgery (AS) visits took place in 2007, totaling $55.6 billion in aggregate charges (table 1). These visits resulted in over 12.4 million procedures (1.2 procedures per AS visit). This compares to 7.9 million inpatient stays that involved 11.0 million surgical procedures (1.4 procedures per hospital stay). Overall, 57.7 percent of procedures performed in hospitals were ambulatory in nature. In 2007, this translated to approximately 5,600 hospital-based AS visits per 100,000 population, compared with 4,100 inpatient procedure stays per 100,000 population.
The mean charge for hospital-based AS procedures was considerably lower than the charge for inpatient hospital stays that included procedures—$6,100 versus $39,900. Aggregate charges across the 28 states were about one-fifth of the national bill for inpatient—$55.6 billion versus $259 billion. Most hospital-based AS procedures were performed in large, metropolitan, private not-for-profit hospitals. However, compared with inpatient procedures, AS was more likely to be performed in smaller hospitals, outside metropolitan areas, and in non-teaching settings.
Ambulatory versus inpatient surgeries, by body system
Figure 1 shows that nearly all hospital-based procedures related to the eye (99.3 percent), ear (96.3 percent), and nose/mouth/pharynx (93.8 percent) were outpatient. About two-thirds of all hospital-based procedures on the skin (70.4 percent), digestive system (66.8 percent), and urinary system (61.7 percent) were also outpatient. Roughly half of all hospital-based procedures involving the musculoskeletal (54.0 percent), nervous (47.9 percent), female genital (47.5 percent), and endocrine systems (46.0 percent), were outpatient.
In contrast, respiratory, cardiovascular, male genital, and hemic/lymphatic procedures were primarily inpatient. About one in three surgical procedures on the respiratory (31.2 percent) and cardiovascular (29.4 percent) systems were performed in an outpatient setting, while less than 10 percent of all procedures on male genital organs and the hemic/lymphatic system were outpatient.
The most common ambulatory surgeries performed in community hospitals
Table 2 lists the 25 most common AS procedures performed in community hospitals. Colonoscopy and biopsy was the most common AS procedure and comprised nearly 18.1 percent of all procedures performed in an outpatient setting. Upper GI endoscopy and biopsy accounted for 10.8 percent of all outpatient procedures. Other digestive system procedures commonly performed in the outpatient setting included: cholecystectomy, or gall bladder surgery (2.5 percent of all AS); hernia repair (inguinal and femoral–2.1 percent; other hernias–1.4 percent); and esophageal dilatation (1.3 percent). In fact, more ambulatory surgeries involved the digestive system (40.0 percent) than any other body system (data not shown).
Though procedures on the cardiovascular system accounted for a small number of AS overall, diagnostic cardiac catheterization alone comprised 3.8 percent of all outpatient procedures in the hospitals in these 28 states. Four of the 25 most common ambulatory procedures were related to the musculoskeletal system: excision of semilunar cartilage of knee (2.5 percent of all AS), partial bone excision (1.5 percent), arthroplasty other than hip or knee (1.4 percent), and other fracture and dislocation procedure (1.2 percent). Two commonly performed outpatient procedures on the skin were wound debridement (2.6 percent) and incision and drainage of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (1.4 percent).
Lens and cataract procedures, most often performed on elderly patients, accounted for 5.5 percent of all AS in the hospitals in these 28 states.5 Four of the 25 most common outpatient procedures were primarily or exclusively performed on women: other excision of cervix and uterus (2.1 percent of all AS), breast biopsy (1.9 percent), lumpectomy/quadrantectomy of the breast (1.9 percent), and diagnostic dilatation and curettage (D&C) (1.5 percent). Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy and myringotomy (ear tube surgery)—two procedures primarily performed on children—were two of the most common surgical procedures performed in the ambulatory setting (2.5 percent and 1.9 percent of all procedures, respectively).
Three procedures involving the urinary tract were also among the top 25 AS procedures performed in hospitals—endoscopy/biopsy (1.6 percent of all AS), transurethral procedures for urinary obstruction (1.5 percent), and ureteral catheterization (1.3 percent). Finally, decompression of peripheral nerves (e.g., carpal tunnel release) comprised 1.5 percent of all AS, while bronchoscopy made up 1.1 percent of all AS.
Table 2 also provides information on the total number of procedures, rates, and the percentage of each procedure performed on an outpatient basis. For many procedures, it is clear that very few are done in an inpatient setting. For example, lens and cataract procedures, excision of semilunar cartilage of the knee, tonsillectomy, breast biopsy, lumpectomy, myringotomy, D&C, and decompression of peripheral nerve have rates lower than 10 inpatient procedures per 100,000 population, while rates for their outpatient counterparts are 12–50 times higher (over 300 times higher for lens procedures).
An inventory of ambulatory surgical procedures performed in community hospitals
The appendix provides a comprehensive listing of all major procedures, by body system, performed in an outpatient setting in community hospitals.6 Overall, the highest numbers of ambulatory surgical procedures were performed on the digestive and musculoskeletal systems. The endocrine system accounted for the fewest outpatient procedures.
The appendix also provides details on procedures less commonly performed in AS settings that were not covered in table 2. For example, although laminectomy (Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) 3) is not a predominantly outpatient procedure, 22.1 percent were performed in an ambulatory setting (42.7 AS procedures per 100,000 population versus 150.8 inpatient (IP) procedures per 100,000 population). Other major procedures that are not predominantly AS but with significant numbers of ambulatory cases include:
Mean charges for outpatient procedures were always lower than for inpatient. However, the difference in inpatient and outpatient charges for operations on the male genital organs was minimal when compared to other surgeries. The highest mean charges per visit were found among outpatient procedures performed on the cardiovascular system.
The estimates in this Statistical Brief are based upon data from the HCUP 2007 State Inpatient Database (SID) and 2007 State Ambulatory Surgery Database (SASD). This report evaluates inpatient and outpatient surgery data from 28 selected states that contributed data to both the 2007 SASD and SID: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Supplemental source included data on state population estimates from Table 1: Annual Estimates of the Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007 (NST-EST2007-01), Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Release date: December 27, 2007 (https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/data/data-sets.html).
Surgical procedures and Clinical Classifications Software (CCS)
Multiple surgical procedures can be listed on a record in the SID and SASD. Frequencies and rankings of procedures are based on all-listed—that is, all procedures listed on the record. Procedures are de-duplicated: if a particular procedure occurs multiple times during the same surgical visit or hospital stay, it is counted only once.
CCS groupings of procedures were used throughout the report. CCS categorizes procedure codes into clinically meaningful categories.7 This "clinical grouper" makes it easier to quickly understand patterns of procedure use.
Procedures on ambulatory surgery records can be coded using ICD-9-CM or the Common Procedural Terminology (CPT). When CPT was used, the CCS for Services and Procedures8 was used to classify procedures into groupings comparable to the CCS.
Records from the SASD meeting the following criteria were included:
Records from the SID meeting similar criteria were included:
Types of hospitals included in HCUP
HCUP is based on data from community hospitals, defined as short-term, non-Federal, general and other hospitals, excluding hospital units of other institutions (e.g., prisons). HCUP data include OB-GYN, ENT, orthopedic, cancer, pediatric, public, and academic medical hospitals. They exclude long-term care, rehabilitation, psychiatric, and alcoholism and chemical dependency hospitals, but these types of encounters are included if they are from community hospitals.
Unit of analysis
For this report, any reference to "visit" or "hospital stay" indicates that the unit of analysis is the record rather than the surgical procedure. Any reference to "surgeries" indicates that the unit of analysis is a major operating room procedure. A visit or stay can involve multiple procedures.
Charges in HCUP data are the amount the hospital charged or billed for the entire surgical visit or hospital stay and do not reflect charges for individual surgical procedures. Charges do not necessarily reflect reimbursements or costs and do not include most professional (physician) fees. Cost-to-charge ratios are available to convert inpatient hospital charges to inpatient hospital costs, but an equivalent ratio for outpatient hospital data is currently not available.
HCUP is a family of powerful health care databases, software tools, and products for advancing research. Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HCUP includes the largest all-payer encounter-level collection of longitudinal health care data (inpatient, ambulatory surgery, and emergency department) in the United States, beginning in 1988. HCUP is a Federal-State-Industry Partnership that brings together the data collection efforts of many organizations—such as State data organizations, hospital associations, private data organizations, and the Federal government—to create a national information resource.
HCUP would not be possible without the contributions of the following data collection Partners from across the United States:
Arizona Department of Health Services
Arkansas Department of Health
California of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Colorado Hospital Association
Connecticut Hospital Association
Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
Georgia Hospital Association
Hawaii Health Information Corporation
Illinois Department of Public Health
Indiana Hospital Association
Iowa Hospital Association
Kansas Hospital Association
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Maine Health Data Organization
Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission
Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy
Michigan Health & Hospital Association
Minnesota Hospital Association
Missouri Hospital Industry Data Institute
Nebraska Hospital Association
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
New York State Department of Health
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Ohio Hospital Association
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council
Rhode Island Department of Health
South Carolina State Budget & Control Board
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations
Tennessee Hospital Association
Texas Department of State Health Services
Utah Department of Health
Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Virginia Health Information
Washington State Department of Health
West Virginia Health Care Authority
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Wyoming Hospital Association
About the SID
The HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) are hospital inpatient databases from data organizations participating in HCUP. The SID contain the universe of the inpatient discharge abstracts in the participating HCUP States, translated into a uniform format to facilitate multistate comparisons and analyses. Together, the SID encompass almost 90 percent of all U.S. community hospital discharges in 2007. The SID can be used to investigate questions unique to one state; to compare data from two or more states; to conduct market area variation analyses; and to identify state-specific trends in inpatient care utilization, access, charges, and outcomes.
About the SASD
The HCUP State Ambulatory Surgery Databases (SASD) capture surgeries performed on the same day in which patients are admitted and released. All of the SASD databases from organizations participating in HCUP include abstracts from hospital-affiliated ambulatory surgery sites. Some contain the universe of ambulatory surgery encounter abstracts for that state, including records from both hospital-affiliated and freestanding surgery centers. In order to provide information that is comparable across all states, analysis was restricted to hospital-affiliated ambulatory surgery.
For More Information
For more information about HCUP, visit http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov.
For additional HCUP statistics, visit HCUPnet, our interactive query system, at www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov.
For information on other hospitalizations in the U.S., download HCUP Facts and Figures: Statistics on Hospital-Based Care in the United States in 2007, located at http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports.jsp.
For a detailed description of HCUP, more information on the design of the SID, SASD, and methods to calculate estimates, please refer to the following publications:
Steiner, C., Elixhauser, A., Schnaier, J. The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project: An Overview. Effective Clinical Practice 5(3):143–51, 2002.
Introduction to the HCUP State Inpatient Databases. Online. July 17, 2009. U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/db/state/siddist/Introduction_to_SID.pdf.
Introduction to the HCUP State Ambulatory Surgery Databases. Online. July 17, 2009. U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/db/state/sasddist/Introduction_to_SASD.pdf.
Russo, C.A., Owens, P., Steiner, C., Josephsen J. Ambulatory Surgery in U.S. Hospitals, 2003. HCUP Fact Book No. 9. Online. January 2007. U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. http://archive.ahrq.gov/data/hcup/factbk9/factbk9.pdf.
Russo, C.A. (Thomson Reuters), Elixhauser, A. (AHRQ), Steiner, C. (AHRQ), and Wier, L. (Thomson Reuters). Hospital-Based Ambulatory Surgery, 2007. HCUP Statistical Brief #86. February 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb86.pdf.
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1LJ, McCarthy E, Pokras R. Changing patterns of surgical care in the United States, 1980-1995. Health Care Finance Rev. 1999 Fall; 21(1):31-49.
2National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2007 with Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans. Hyattsville, MD: 2008.
3These statistics include major and minor surgical procedures performed in inpatient operating suites, outpatient surgery suites, or procedure rooms within an outpatient care facility.
4Full details about the types of procedures reported in this report are provided under "Definitions" on page 4.
5The total number of lens and cataract procedures is much higher; many are performed in freestanding AS
6The appendix shows all procedures that were considered "surgical procedures" throughout this Brief. That is, these procedures comprise all the surgeries from which information was derived for tables 1-2 and figure 1.
7HCUP Procedure Classes. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). November 2009. U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/toolssoftware/procedure/procedure.jsp
8HCUP CCS-Services and Procedures. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). June 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/toolssoftware/ccs_svcsproc/ccssvcproc.jsp.
9HCUP Procedure Classes. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). November 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/toolssoftware/procedure/procedure.jsp.
|Table 1: The characteristics of ambulatory and inpatient surgeries performed in community hospitals in 28 states, 2007|
|Characteristics||Ambulatory surgeries||Inpatient surgeries|
|Total visits/stays for surgeries
(percentage of all surgical encounters)
|Visits/stays per 100,000 population*||5,600||4,100|
|Total number of surgeries
(percentage of all surgical procedures)
|Average number of surgeries per visit/stay||1.2||1.4|
|Total (aggregate) charge
(percentage of total charges for surgical encounters)
|Mean charge per visit/stay**||$6,100||$39,900|
|Percentage of visits/stays by type of community hospital†:|
|Non-federal government hospitals||12.7%||12.5%|
|Private not-for-profit hospitals||76.3%||76.5%|
|Private for-profit hospitals||11.0%||11.0%|
|*Based on state population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.|
**Mean charges are for hospital-based ambulatory and inpatient surgical visits and stays. Inpatient surgical stays are typically more expensive because of longer lengths of stay and the use of multiple procedures.
†Hospital characteristics related to bed size, location, and teaching status are not mutually exclusive.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, State Inpatient Databases and State Ambulatory Surgery Databases, 2007, from the following 28 states: CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, IA, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, and WI.
|Table 2: The 25 most common ambulatory surgeries performed in community hospitals in 28 states, 2007|
|All-listed procedures||Percentage of all ambulatory surgeries||Total number||Total number of surgeries per 100,000 population*||Percentage performed in an ambulatory setting|
|Ambulatory surgeries (in thousands)||Inpatient surgeries (in thousands)||Ambulatory surgeries||Inpatient surgeries|
|Colonoscopy and biopsy||18.1%||2,247||363||1,160||187||86.1%|
|Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, biopsy||10.8%||1,347||756||695||390||64.0%|
|Lens and cataract procedures||5.5%||689||1||356||1||99.8%|
|Diagnostic cardiac catheterization, coronary arteriography||3.8%||471||937||243||484||33.4%|
|Debridement of wound, infection or burn||2.6%||326||196||168||101||62.4%|
|Excision of semilunar cartilage of knee||2.5%||317||6||164||3||98.2%|
|Cholecystectomy and common duct exploration||2.5%||313||267||162||138||53.9%|
|Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy||2.5%||306||17||158||9||94.8%|
|Inguinal and femoral hernia repair||2.1%||267||32||138||17||89.3%|
|Other excision of cervix and uterus||2.1%||266||34||137||18||88.6%|
|Breast biopsy and other diagnostic procedures on breast||1.9%||241||7||124||4||97.3%|
|Lumpectomy, quadrantectomy of breast||1.9%||235||11||121||6||95.5%|
|Myringotomy (ear tube surgery)||1.9%||232||7||120||4||97.0%|
|Endoscopy and endoscopic biopsy of the urinary tract||1.6%||199||124||103||64||61.5%|
|Partial excision bone||1.5%||191||130||99||67||59.6%|
|Diagnostic dilatation and curettage (D&C)||1.5%||190||15||98||8||92.6%|
|Transurethral excision, drainage, or removal urinary obstruction||1.5%||186||71||96||37||72.3%|
|Decompression peripheral nerve||1.5%||185||10||95||5||95.0%|
|Arthroplasty other than hip or knee||1.4%||180||43||93||22||80.8%|
|Other hernia repair||1.4%||175||134||90||69||56.5%|
|Incision and drainage, skin and subcutaneous tissue||1.4%||169||145||87||75||53.9%|
|Other fracture and dislocation procedure||1.2%||148||101||76||52||59.3%|
|Diagnostic bronchoscopy and biopsy of bronchus||1.1%||141||236||73||122||37.5%|
|*Based on state population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.|
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, State Inpatient Databases and State Ambulatory Surgery Databases, 2007, from the following 28 States: CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, IA, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, and WI.
|Appendix: Major ambulatory surgeries performed in community hospitals in 28 states, 2007* (pages 11 through 15)|
|All-Listed procedures (CCS number and category)||Total number||Total number of surgeries per 100,000 population**||Percentage performed in an ambulatory setting||Mean charge per visit/stay|
|Ambulatory surgeries (in thousands)||Inpatient surgeries (in thousands)||Ambulatory surgeries||Inpatient surgeries||Ambulatory surgeries||Inpatient surgeries|
|Operations on the nervous system|
|1 Incision and excision of CNS||73.7||68.8||38.1||35.5||51.7||$10,829||$79,485|
|3 Laminectomy, excision intervertebral disc||82.7||292.1||42.7||150.8||22.1||$12,038||$24,987|
|6 Decompression peripheral nerve||184.7||9.7||95.4||5.0||95.0||$4,672||$25,956|
|Operations on the endocrine system|
|10 Thyroidectomy, partial or complete||33.3||39.0||17.2||20.2||46.0||$13,493||$20,628|
|Operations on the eye|
|13 Corneal transplant||11.7||0.3||6.0||0.1||97.6||$13,119||$27,705|
|14 Glaucoma procedures||41.3||0.4||21.3||0.2||99.1||$4,938||$19,231|
|15 Lens and cataract procedures||689.4||1.3||355.9||0.7||99.8||$4,870||$23,183|
|16 Repair of retinal tear, detachment||57.0||1.7||29.4||0.9||97.1||$10,516||$31,161|
|17 Destruction of lesion of retina and choroid||31.1||2.2||16.1||1.1||93.4||$2,337||$101,386|
|25 Diagnostic procedures on ear||4.4||0.9||2.3||0.5||83.2||$2,990||$28,530|
|Operations on the nose, mouth, and pharynx|
|28 Plastic procedures on nose||127.0||12.0||65.6||6.2||91.4||$7,809||$23,343|
|30 Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy||306.4||16.7||158.1||8.6||94.8||$5,286||$13,618|
|Operations on the respiratory system|
|35 Tracheoscopy and laryngoscopy with biopsy||69.2||41.8||35.7||21.6||62.4||$3,267||$24,223|
|37 Diagnostic bronchoscopy and biopsy of bronchus||141.5||235.6||73.0||121.6||37.5||$4,608||$43,630|
|39 Incision of pleura, thoracentesis, chest drainage||38.4||270.7||19.8||139.8||12.4||$3,076||$33,347|
|Operations on the cardiovascular system|
|45 Percutaneous coronary angioplasty (PTCA)||34.2||469.5||17.7||242.4||6.8||$34,920||$46,769|
|47 Diagnostic cardiac catheterization, coronary arteriography||470.9||937.2||243.1||483.8||33.4||$11,878||$28,260|
|48 Insertion, revision, replacement, removal of cardiac pacemaker or cardioverter/defibrillator||82.4||237.1||42.5||122.4||25.8||$28,441||$73,658|
|53 Varicose vein stripping, lower limb||25.4||0.8||13.1||0.4||97.0||$8,459||$23,2288|
|57 Creation, revision and removal of arteriovenous fistula or vessel-to-vessel cannula for dialysis||78.9||35.2||40.7||18.2||69.1||$10,277||$55,828|
|60 Embolectomy and endarterectomy of lower limbs||18.8||28.1||9.7||14.5||40.2||$20,550||$49,739|
|Operations on the hemic and lymphatic system|
|65 Bone marrow biopsy||40.0||63.0||20.7||32.5||38.8||$5,069||$56,469|
|222 Blood transfusion||134.5||1631.5||69.4||842.1||7.6||$3,435||$24,926|
|Operations on the digestive system|
|68 Injection or ligation of esophageal varices||7.0||0.1||3.6||0.1||98.3||$2,464||$43,076|
|69 Esophageal dilatation||160.7||25.2||83.0||13.0||86.4||$3,116||$22,833|
|70 Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, biopsy||1346.8||756.3||695.2||390.4||64.0||$3,131||$25,226|
|71 Gastrostomy, temporary and permanent||32.1||144.7||16.6||74.7||18.1||$3,846||$51,514|
|76 Colonoscopy and biopsy||2247.4||363.1||1160.0||187.4||86.1||$2,369||$24,356|
|81 Hemorrhoid procedures||64.2||7.9||33.1||4.1||89.0||$5,978||$20,173|
|82 Endoscopic cannulation of pancreas (ERCP)||42.1||26.9||21.7||13.9||61.0||$6,115||$32,782|
|83 Biopsy of liver||73.4||50.3||37.9||25.9||59.4||$3,599||$41,657|
|84 Cholecystectomy and common duct exploration||312.6||266.9||161.4||137.8||53.9||$10,838||$32,339|
|85 Inguinal and femoral hernia repair||266.9||31.8||137.8||16.4||89.3||$8,187||$35,598|
|86 Other hernia repair||174.6||134.4||90.1||69.4||56.5||$8,711||$30,397|
|88 Abdominal paracentesis||62.5||132.3||32.2||68.3||32.1||$2,590||$30,956|
|90 Excision, lysis peritoneal adhesions||41.3||242.1||21.3||125.0||14.6||$10,311||$48,373|
|Operations on the urinary system|
|100 Endoscopy and endoscopic biopsy of the urinary tract||198.9||124.5||102.7||64.3||61.5||$4,300||$29,406|
|101 Transurethral excision, drainage, or removal urinary obstruction||185.6||71.1||95.8||36.7||72.3||$8,044||$24,309|
|102 Ureteral catheterization||165.0||118.3||85.2||61.1||58.2||$7,944||$23,466|
|103 Nephrotomy and nephrostomy||5.9||27.8||3.0||14.4||17.5||$11,877||$45,946|
|106 Genitourinary incontinence procedures||71.9||63.5||37.1||32.8||53.1||$9,929||$16,633|
|109 Procedures on the urethra||62.8||23.5||32.4||12.1||72.8||$6,544||$26,881|
|Operations on the male genital organs|
|113 Transurethral prostatectomy (TURP)||30.2||47.6||15.6||24.6||38.8||$10,900||$18,612|
|114 Open prostatectomy||5.8||54.4||3.0||28.1||9.6||$22,771||$26,890|
|Operations on the female genital organs|
|119 Oophorectomy, unilateral and bilateral||61.9||235.2||31.9||121.4||20.8||$11,896||$22,540|
|121 Ligation of fallopian tubes||96.8||189.5||49.9||97.8||33.8||$7,646||$11,455|
|122 Removal ectopic pregnancy||8.4||11.5||4.4||5.9||42.4||$12,421||$17,145|
|124 Hysterectomy, abdominal and vaginal||51.8||322.7||26.7||166.6||13.8||$14,839||$19,476|
|125 Other excision of cervix and uterus||266.3||34.1||137.4||17.6||88.6||$7,362||$19,339|
|127 Dilatation and curettage (D&C), aspiration after delivery or abortion||121.3||26.3||62.6||13.6||82.2||$5,472||$13,189|
|128 Diagnostic dilatation and curettage (D&C)||190.0||15.3||98.1||7.9||92.6||$6,366||$22,376|
|129 Repair of cystocele and rectocele, obliteration of vaginal vault||26.0||75.2||13.4||38.8||25.7||$11,504||$16,398|
|Operations on the musculoskeletal system|
|142 Partial excision bone||191.2||129.8||98.7||67.0||59.6||$7,590||$43,531|
|143 Bunionectomy or repair of toe deformities||115.3||3.2||59.5||1.6||97.3||$7,699||$21,552|
|144 Treatment, facial fracture or dislocation||57.5||20.9||29.7||10.8||73.4||$7,872||$37,249|
|145 Treatment, fracture or dislocation of radius and ulna||114.5||51.0||59.1||26.3||69.2||$7,807||$27,774|
|146 Treatment, fracture or dislocation of hip and femur||15.7||189.8||8.1||98.0||7.6||$7,435||$39,431|
|147 Treatment, fracture or dislocation of lower extremity (other than hip or femur)||104.0||143.8||53.7||74.2||42.0||$8,916||$30,789|
|148 Other fracture and dislocation procedure||147.6||101.4||76.2||52.3||59.3||$6,986||$33,983|
|150 Division of joint capsule, ligament or cartilage||44.8||9.7||23.1||5.0||82.3||$8,436||$21,661|
|151 Excision of semilunar cartilage of knee||316.8||5.8||163.5||3.0||98.2||$7,357||$25,900|
|152 Arthroplasty knee||140.4||375.0||72.4||193.6||27.2||$12,535||$38,674|
|154 Arthroplasty other than hip or knee||180.2||42.7||93.0||22.1||80.8||$11,387||$35,824|
|157 Amputation of lower extremity||15.7||74.1||8.1||38.2||17.5||$5,843||$58,073|
|158 Spinal fusion||28.6||240.2||14.8||124.0||10.6||$23,175||$67,079|
|Operations on the integumentary system|
|165 Breast biopsy and other diagnostic procedures on breast||240.5||6.7||124.1||3.4||97.3||$3,863||$33,749|
|166 Lumpectomy, quadrantectomy of breast||235.0||11.1||121.3||5.7||95.5||$7,458||$21,836|
|168 Incision and drainage, skin and subcutaneous tissue||169.4||145.0||87.4||74.9||53.9||$1,674||$18,201|
|169 Debridement of wound, infection or burn||326.0||196.0||168.3||101.2||62.4||$1,790||$45,742|
|172 Skin graft||111.5||59.8||57.5||30.9||65.1||$6,080||$66,369|
|*Statistics are based on major surgery-related procedures only. Diagnostic procedures are included only if invasive, requiring anesthesia services or sedation. Additionally, CCS procedure categories with fewer than 2,000 ambulatory surgery cases are excluded. Other excluded procedures include: a procedure that is adjunct to another procedure, a heterogeneous "other" procedure category, dental procedures, and procedures predominantly done in freestanding centers, radiology centers, or physician offices.|
**Based on State population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, State Inpatient Databases and State Ambulatory Surgery Databases, 2007, from the following States: CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, IA, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, and WI.
Figure 1. Ambulatory versus inpatient surgeries by body system, 2007. Bar chart in percentages; Ambulatory versus Inpatient per body system; Eye, Ambulatory, 99.3; Inpatient, 0.7; Ear, Ambulatory, 96.3; Inpatient, 3.7; Nose/mouth/pharynx, Ambulatory, 93.8; Inpatient, 6.2; Skin, Ambulatory, 70.4; Inpatient, 29.6; Digestive, Ambulatory, 66.8; Inpatient, 33.2; Urinary, Ambulatory, 61.7; Inpatient, 38.3; Musculoskeletal, Ambulatory, 54.0; Inpatient, 46.0; Nervous, Ambulatory, 47.9; Inpatient, 52.1; Female genital, Ambulatory, 47.5; Inpatient, 52.5; Endocrine, Ambulatory, 46.0; Inpatient, 54.0; Respiratory, Ambulatory, 31.2; Inpatient, 66.8; Cardiovascular, Ambulatory, 29.4; Inpatient, 70.6; Male genital, Ambulatory, 9.3; Inpatient, 90.7; Hnic/lymphatic, Ambulatory, 9.3; Inpatient, 90.7.
|Internet Citation: Statistical Brief #86. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb86.jsp.|
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