IN FOCUS / 2014-10-23
Operations in hospitals up 30% between 2005 and 2013
Physicians at hospitals in Germany perform more and more operations: In 2013, the number of surgical interventions was 15.8 million. Compared with 2005, this was an increase of roughly 30%. For men, the increase in the number of operations was markedly larger (+34%) than for women (+27%).
For both men and women, the most frequent operations in 2013 were those involving the motion organs, with a total of roughly 4.5 million interventions. Arthroscopies of articular cartilage and menisci accounted for roughly 6% of the operations, implantations of hip endoprostheses for 5%. The total of interventions on motion organs rose 44% between 2005 and 2013.
Among the Länder, the increase in the number of operations was largest for hospitals in Hamburg (+41%) and Berlin (+39%). The smallest increase was recorded for Brandenburg (roughly 16%).