Wiesbaden - Around 18.7 million patients were treated in general hospitals in Germany in 2015, around 38 percent or 7 million people of whom were also operated on in the clinic. That was announced today in Wiesbaden. The proportion has not changed compared to the previous year.
There were clear differences in the type of operations - depending on the age of the patients. In the over 60s, who made up more than half of the operated patients, interventions on the bowel and bile ducts were particularly frequent. The most common operation among women in this age group was the insertion of an artificial hip joint in more than 122,000 cases.
In In the age group between 45 and 59 years, however, ligament injuries and signs of wear and tear on the joints often required the surgeon's scalpel. The most common operations were performed on the articular cartilage and menisci, and in women also often on the metatarsal bones or the phalanges of the toes.
Younger women between the ages of 15 and 44 were the most likely to have had childbirth-related procedures. In men of this age group, operations were primarily performed on the inferior turbinate.
In children up to 14 years of age, incision of the eardrum to open the so-called tympanic cavity as result of an otitis media and removal of the tonsils were among the most common operations Operations related to bone fractures are among the most common surgical procedures.