Most common surgical procedures

Which procedures are surgeons most commonly faced with?

Have you ever considered how important surgical supplies are? With more than 51.4 million inpatient surgeries performed in the United States annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,1 it may come as no surprise that having the proper equipment on hand at all times is key to a health care facility running smoothly.

Common procedures
When it comes to the types of surgical procedures performed by professionals across the country, there are a number of different ones. Although some of the necessary supplies remain consistent, that isn't always the case. The Ohio State University includes the following on a list of those that are most common:2

  • Appendectomy
  • Breast biopsy
  • Cataract surgery
  • Cesarean section
  • Coronary artery bypass
  • Free skin graft
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Low back pain surgery
  • Mastectomy
  • Tonsillectomy

As you'll notice, these cover a wide range of the human body. For each specific type of surgical procedure, professionals need to have access to a different set of materials.

Cosmetic procedures
Some treatments are required to ensure the patient's health, while others are selected procedures. For instance, some patients opt to have cosmetic surgeries performed. According to Forbes, the most popular of these include:3

  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast lift
  • Dermabrasion
  • Ear surgery
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Facelift
  • Forehead lift
  • Liposuction
  • Nose reshaping
  • Tummy tuck

Emergency procedures
However, not all operating room surgeries are planned for – a number of those performed come in from the emergency room. Doctors and nurses must be trained to recognize when patients come in with symptoms of one of these surgical emergencies:^4

  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Appendicitis
  • Biliary colic
  • Diverticulitis
  • Massive haemorrhage
  • Perforated viscus
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Small bowel obstruction

Procedure supplies
It's important that health care practices and facilities have the necessary medical supplies to aid patients who are in need of surgical treatment. Medex Supply provides the following necessities to professionals:

1 The Ohio State University, "Common surgical procedures"
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Inpatient surgery" May 30, 2013
3 Forbes, "Top 10 most popular cosmetic surgeries"
4 Dr. Jason Smith, "Common surgical emergencies" May 10, 2009

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