• by bcarlson@marketresearch.com
  • April 21 2014
  • China


Nearly 40 million Surgeries Performed in China Last Year

Nearly 40 million Surgeries Performed in China Last Year

Our newly -released Surgical Procedure Volumes: Global Analysis   report informs us that the total number of surgical procedures in China is estimated at 39.5 million for 2013.   This is nearly one sixth of the world’s surgical operations.  The majority of procedures are in the area of obstetrical and gynecological procedures, followed by digestive and gastrointestinal system procedures.    

China boasts 1.3 billion people and this is expected to grow to 1.4 by 2020.  The growth of the Chinese economy, the growth of the population near urban centers and increased government indicatives  for healthcare access has lead to the number of surgeries, according to Kalorama.  Large hospitals, such as The Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yet-sen University service a large number of patients.

The Hospital has 40 clinical departments, 9 medical technology sections and 29 inpatient departments. With nearly 1,000 beds, the outpatient and emergency flow in 2005 reached 1,150,000, the annual discharge cases add up to 19,000, and the annual inpatient surgical treatments surpass 13,000, with an average 15.5-day hospital stay. In addition, the average daily outpatients and emergency flow totals over 4,000.

The attention to healthcare has boosted China above its Asian neighbors in at least one statistic area.   Life expectancy in the Asian region has increased 10% in the last 20 years, and China’s current life expectancy is 75 years, better than the average of 70 in Asian countries.   In orthopedics and cardiovascular, China’s surgery represent just about a fifth of those performed in advanced healthcare systems such as the U.S.   But in other surgical areas, they are far closer.

The report notes that do the large number of births in the country and the accompanying need for operations, obstetrical and gynecological procedures exceed all others.  The rates of cesarean sections are remarkably high with about 7 million procedures.  The practice of birth by surgical method is considered routine in the country and many other Asian countries, and long journey’s to experience pain-free surgical births are common in China.

Kalorama’s report, Surgical Procedure Volumes: Global Analysis provides surgical procedure volume data in a geographic context. The report looks at surgery trends with an in-depth analysis of growth drivers and inhibitors, including world population growth, aging demographics, lifestyle indicators, growing incidence of diseases, advances in surgical techniques and several other general issues affecting the forecast for procedures.  For more information on Surgical Procedure Volumes: Global Analysis, please visit: http://www.kaloramainformation.com/Surgical-Procedure-Volumes-8041409/.