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Table 4 Ranking of top 15 surgical procedure categories, by the volume of procedures

From: Incidence of adverse events in an integrated US healthcare system: a retrospective observational study of 82,784 surgical hospitalizations

Procedure code (ICD-9-CM) Surgical procedure category Total procedures Number of AEs Total stays* Stays with AEs Rate of AEs per 1,000 stays
81 Repair and plastic operations on joint structures 5,840 407 5,694 356 71.5
86 Incision of skin and subcutaneous tissue 5,542 436 5,064 342 86.1
80 Incision and excision of joint structures 4,904 102 4,823 86 21.1
13 Operations on lens 4,789 18 4,782 18 3.8
39 Other operations on vessels 4,654 455 4,274 358 106.5
79 Reduction of fracture and dislocation 3,020 213 2,744 183 77.6
83 Operations on muscle, fascia, and bursa, except hand 2,824 123 2,705 100 45.5
53 Repair of hernia 2,644 85 2,604 68 32.6
77 Incision, excision, and division of other bones 2,599 101 2,516 90 40.1
4 Operations on cranial and peripheral nerves 2,392 49 2,374 44 20.6
51 Operations on gallbladder and biliary tract 2,256 131 2,223 109 58.9
55 Operations on kidney 2,024 245 1,839 195 133.2
38 Incision, excision, and occlusion of vessels 1,963 258 1,806 201 142.9
68 Other incision and excision of uterus 1,873 116 1,861 105 62.3
44 Other operations on stomach 1,767 108 1,701 88 63.5
Total for top 15 categories 49,091 2,847 47,010 2,343 60.6
Total for all 96 categories 87,119 6,856 82,784 5,368 82.8
  1. *In this table, surgical hospitalizations are abbreviated as “stays” for brevity.