Health: number of surgeries has risen sharply



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Number of hospital treatments in Germany is increasing massively: 45 million operations in 2009

In 2009, 45 million operations and medical procedures were carried out in hospitals across Germany. An increase of 7.7 percent over the previous year, according to the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden

A third of hospital treatment is surgery
17.2 million patients were treated in a hospital in 2009, an increase of around 10 percent over the previous year. With 45 million surgeries and medical interventions, there were an estimated 2.6 interventions per hospital case, although only the interventions from full inpatient treatment without involvement of outpatient care were recorded. The number of operations was around 14.4 million, about 700,000 or five percent more than in 2008, which corresponds to about a third of the total measure. 12.1 million non-operative therapeutic measures, such as radiation, chemo, pain or nuclear medicine therapies, but also dressing changes and anesthesia, were initiated (share of 26.8 percent of the total measures) and 9.1 million times diagnostic measures ( 20.3 percent). The remaining medical procedures were divided into the areas of imaging diagnostics (7.8 million treatments), supplementary measures such as birth-accompanying treatments (1.4 million treatments) and the administration of special medications (0.3 million treatments).

Ranking by age, gender and type of treatment
Using the data from the Federal Statistical Office, a kind of ranking can be made according to age, gender and frequency of medical treatment. In children and adolescents, for example, cutting the eardrum to open the tympanic cavity (e.g. for treating middle ear infections) and removing the tonsils were among the most common measures. For women between the ages of 15 and 44, there were mainly operations related to childbirth and for men of the same age group, operations on the lower turbinate (for the treatment of snoring) and arthroscopic operations on the articular cartilage and on the menisci included most common medical treatments in the hospital. With increasing age, however, the need for surgery shifted, so that in older women joint surgery up to the implantation of hip joints as well as uterine removal played a major role, while in older men bladder surgery and groin surgery were in the foreground. (10/26/2010, fp)

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