The number of surgical procedures performed in the United States (U.S.) is increasing; however, the share of inpatient hospitalizations is decreasing in favor of patient visits to freestanding clinics and physician offices. Office-based procedures are projected to grow at a compound annual rate of 5.4% over the forecast period covered by this report; this is a slower rate than during the past decade due to the curtailment in demand for elective surgery during the 2009 to 2010 period due adverse economic conditions. (These same economic conditions are expected to contribute to the overall slowdown in elective procedures in other outpatient facilities during this period.) In 2007, inpatient surgical procedures accounted for approximately 35% of all surgical procedures performed in the U.S. In the year 2015, approximately 25.0% of all surgical procedures are expected to be inpatient procedures; the remaining surgeries are expected to be performed in freestanding facilities, physician offices, or in hospitals as outpatient procedures. Outpatient settings offer same-day surgery and improved, less invasive surgical techniques to speed patient recovery. Treatment advances such as new drug therapy also have contributed to fewer and shorter hospital stays.
This dynamic new report from Medtech Insight features select U.S. Ophthalmic Surgery procedure volumes as well as an overview of each procedure, etiology and epidemiological data for the disease/disorder treated by the procedure, surgical trends, and emerging surgical treatments. The forecast period covered by this report is for the years 2007 through 2015. Click here for details on the complete U.S. Surgical Procedure Volumes Report, which covers several other procedure areas including Ophthalmic.