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Ambulatory Surgery in U.S. Hospitals, 2003

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Table 4. Top 10 All-Listed Procedures, by Age Group

Top 10 All-Listed Procedures, by Age Group 0-17 Years 18-44 Years 45-64 Years 65+ Years
Number of Ambulatory Surgeries, in Thousands
(percentage of surgical visits with this procedure)
Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy 150 (24.4)      
Myringotomy (ear tube surgery) 140 (22.7)      
Inguinal and femoral hernia repair 23 (3.7) 41 (2.4) 52 (3.4) 38 (3.5)
Other O.R. therapeutic procedures on nose, mouth, and pharynxa 20 (3.3) 55 (3.3)    
Other therapeutic procedures on muscles and tendonsa 16 (2.6) 79 (4.7) 108 (7.0) 44 (4.0)
Other O.R. therapeutic procedures on skin and breasta 11 (1.8) 53 (3.1)    
Other O.R. therapeutic procedures on jointsa 9 (1.5) 66 (3.9) 72 (4.7) 19 (1.8)
Arthroplasty knee 8 (1.4)      
Other hernia repaira 8 (1.3)      
Arthroscopy 6 (1.0)      
Other excision of cervix and uterusa   85 (5.0)    
Cholecystectomy and common duct exploration   72 (4.3) 56 (3.6) 21 (2.0)
Diagnostic dilatation and curettage (D&C)   70 (4.2) 58 (3.8)  
Excision of semilunar cartilage of knee   53 (3.1) 78 (5.0) 23 (2.1)
Lumpectomy, quadrantectomy of breast   47 (2.8) 68 (4.4) 33 (3.1)
Lens and cataract procedures     80 (5.2) 342 (31.5)
Decompression of the peripheral nerve     59 (3.8) 27 (2.5)
Partial excision of the bone     43 (2.8) 15 (1.3)
Transurethral excision, drainage, or removal of a urinary obstruction       33 (3.0)

a. Go to footnotes in Appendix table for definitions of other procedures.

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