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Table 5. Top 10 Procedures Performed in U.S. Hospitals For Various Age Groups (Excluding Pregnancy- and Childbirth-Related Procedures), 2003

All-listed Procedures by Age Group (Excluding Pregnancy- and Childbirth-related Procedures), 2003 Number of All-Listed Procedures, in thousands (percentage of discharges with this procedure)
Age Group
< 1 year 1-17 years 18-44 years 45-64 years 65-79 years 80+ years
Circumcision 1,190 (25.3)          
Prophylactic vaccinations and inoculations 814 (17.3)          
Hearing examinations 431 (9.1)          
Respiratory intubation and mechanical ventilation 169 (3.6) 34 (2.1) 138 (2.5) 282 (3.4) 319 (4.1) 181 (3.4)
Diagnostic spinal tap 101 (2.2) 46 (2.8)        
Enteral and parenteral nutrition 85 (1.8) 17 (1.1)        
Blood transfusion 35 (0.7) 41 (2.5) 203 (3.6) 492 (5.9) 666 (8.5) 501 (9.4)
Diagnostic ultrasound of heart (echocardiogram) 21 (0.4)     193 (2.3) 227 (2.9) 145 (2.7)
Diagnostic ultrasound of head and neck 14 (0.3)          
Tracheoscopy and laryngoscopy with biopsy 13 (0.3)          
Appendectomy   82 (5.0) 170 (3.0)      
Cancer chemotherapy   35 (2.1)        
Treatment, fracture or dislocation of hip and femur   20 (1.3)       132 (2.5)
Treatment, fracture or dislocation of lower extremity (other than hip or femur)   19 (1.1)        
Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, biopsy   16 (1.0) 179 (3.2) 350 (4.2) 401 (5.1) 290 (5.4)
Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy   16 (1.0)        
Hysterectomy, abdominal and vaginal     294 (5.2) 249 (3.0)    
Alcohol and drug rehabilitation/detoxification     181 (3.2)      
Oophorectomy, unilateral and bilateral     179 (3.2) 221 (2.7)    
Laminectomy, excision intervertebral disc     156 (2.8) 217 (2.6)    
Cholecystectomy and common duct exploration     150 (2.7)      
Diagnostic cardiac catheterization, coronary arteriography     127 (2.3) 730 (8.8) 658 (8.3) 194 (3.6)
Percutaneous coronary angioplasty (PTCA)       353 (4.2) 312 (4.0)  
Hemodialysis       243 (2.9) 235 (3.0)  
Colonoscopy and biopsy         219 (2.8) 163 (3.0)
Arthroplasty knee         208 (2.6)  
Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)         162 (2.1)  
Insertion, revision, replacement, removal of cardiac pacemaker or cardioverter/defibrillator           118 (2.2)
Hip replacement, total and partial           103 (1.9)
Physical therapy exercises, manipulation, and other procedures           100 (1.9)

Note: "All-listed procedures" refers to all procedures performed during a hospital stay; patients often receive more than 1 procedure. Miscellaneous minor diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are excluded.

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