Nearly 40 Million Surgeries Performed in China Last Year: Kalorama Report

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 06, 2014

A new report from Kalorama Information says that the total number of surgical procedures in China is estimated at 39.5 million for 2013. The majority of procedures are in the area of obstetrical and gynecological procedures, followed by digestive and gastrointestinal system procedures. This is nearly one sixth of the worlds surgical operations, according to Kalorama informations new report: Surgical Procedure Volumes: Global Analysis.

Chinas large population and aging population have driven increases in the number of procedures, said Bruce Carlson, Publisher of Kalorama Information. In some categories, they exceed the number performed in nations.

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. Life expectancy in the Asian region has increased 10% in the last 20 years, and Chinas current life expectancy is 75 years, better than the average of 70 in Asian countries. In orthopedics and cardiovascular, Chinas surgery represent just about a fifth of those performed in advanced healthcare systems such as the U.S.

The report notes that do to 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 also remarkably high with about 7 million procedures alone.

The practice of birth by surgical method is considered routine in the country and many other Asian countries, and long journeys to experience pain-free surgical births are common in China, Carlson noted.

Kaloramas 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:

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