Looking at the Top 5 Common Medical Procedures

Top 5 Common Medical Procedures


Medical procedures range from something as simple as medical imaging or a COVID-19 Test to a Crainectomy. Some of these procedures are performed multiple times a day, everyday, and some only in the most serious circumstances. Here are the top 5 common medical procedures


Cesarean Section

Total Inpatient discharges: 1,136,740

Average Hospital Charges: $21,573

These procedures are the most common, probably due to the incredible amount of births each day. This is when the surgeon will make incisions in the abdomen and uterus. If there is a need for an earlier delivery than expected, doctors will usually recommend a C-Section. This procedure is believed to have originated from the birth of Julius Caesar. 


Prophylactic vaccination/inoculation: 

Total inpatient discharges: 1,039,600

Average Hospital Charges: $9,959

These are vaccines that are designed to build immunity in the patient. It works by introducing antigens into the body with the hope that the immune system will create the antibodies for these antigens. Examples of these vaccines are Hepatitis B, HPV, and the DTa vaccines. 


Respiratory intubation

Total Inpatient discharges: 977,335

Average Hospital Charges: $95,339

This procedure places a flexible plastic tube in the trachea, which maintains the open airway and allows a person to breath. This procedure allows for a machine to breathe for the patient. When intubated, one is given general anesthesia to allow for the machine to work properly. 


Blood Transfusion

Total Inpatient Discharges: 727,930

Average Hospital Charges: $43,575

A blood transfusion is when blood or the blood products are transferred from one person to another intravenously. This is used for various medical conditions and to replace the lost components of the blood. Although this is a very routine and typical procedure, it can have life-saving effects. A transfusion is often done for patients who have anemia or have lost a lot of blood due to an accident or surgery. The procedure is done by placing an IV line into the patient's body and may take anywhere from 1-4 hours. 


Repair of Obstetric Laceration

Total Inpatient Discharges: 710,575

Average Hospital Charges: $13,274

This is done after a patient gives birth to repair the damage that took place during delivery. Common symptoms of an obstetric laceration include chronic perineal pain and urinary and fecal incontinence. The site of the procedure usually heals in about 7 to 10 days, although there may be pain for up to several weeks after. 

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