In 2015, German hospitals treated approximately 18.7 million patients.
Seven million of them were operated on.
Compared to 2014 at 18.5 million, the number of patients continued to rise, the proportion of operations (38%) remained stable compared to the previous year. Well half of the operated patients was 60 years old and older.
The type of interventions is most dependent on the age and sex of the patients.
In the over 60-year-olds, which accounted for more than half of the operated patients, surgery on the intestine and bile ducts was particularly frequent.
Among the women of this age group, the establishment of an artificial hip joint led to the list of the most frequent procedures. In the age group between 45 and 59 years, injuries and wear on articular cartilages and menisci dominated the surgical procedure – in women also on the metatarsal and toes. On the other hand, women between the ages of 15 and 44 were usually operated in conjunction with or as a result of deliveries, whereas men of this age group most frequently suffered the lower nasal concha.
Ear drum sections, almond surgery or bone fractures are the most prevalent subjects in children‘s surgery.