Overview of Major Ambulatory Surgeries Performed in Hospital-Owned Facilities
Overview of Major Ambulatory Surgeries Performed in Hospital-Owned Facilities, a statistical brief from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, presents statistics on major ambulatory surgeries performed in hospital-owned facilities. Major ambulatory surgeries are defined as select invasive, therapeutic surgical procedures that typically require the use of an operating room and regional anesthesia, general anesthesia, or sedation.
- In 2019, 11.9 million encounters for major ambulatory surgeries took place in hospital-owned facilities.
- Females, adults aged 65 years and older, White individuals, and people living in rural communities had the highest rates of encounters for major ambulatory surgeries.
- Most encounters involving major ambulatory surgeries took place at facilities owned by private not-for-profit hospitals; teaching hospitals; and hospitals located in urban areas.
- Lens and cataract procedures accounted for 8 percent of all major ambulatory surgeries and represented the most common surgery overall, for those aged 65+ years, for all races and ethnicities except Hispanic, and for patients with Medicare as the expected payer.
- Seven of the top 20 ambulatory surgery categories were related to the musculoskeletal system and accounted for 22 percent of all major ambulatory surgeries.
- Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy, as well as myringotomy were the most common major ambulatory surgeries among children.
- Hernia repair was among the top major ambulatory surgeries for all adult male age groups, whereas obstetric/gynecological surgeries were among the most common major ambulatory surgeries or younger adult females.