Google Answers Logo
View Question
Q: How many surgeries of ALL kinds (on humans) performed each year in the USA? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: How many surgeries of ALL kinds (on humans) performed each year in the USA?
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: mikeginnyc-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 27 Aug 2006 15:13 PDT
Expires: 26 Sep 2006 15:13 PDT
Question ID: 759999
I have to complain, first, given how much I **LOVE** Google Answers
that it no seems longer listed as an easy-access "menu" item.  Thank
goodness I know about it already ...but I want it to THRIVE and always
be here!  Anyway, here's my question while the service is still
around:  I'm writing a speech in which I need to refer to
post-operative pain.  I'm wanting to (accurately and honestly)
illustrate how prevalent it is.  It would be a helpful plus to be able
to say how many patients receive IV PCA pain relief each year in the
U.S., but at the very least I'd like to include a statistic on the
PREVALENCE of surgery in the u.s.

I'm not talking about instances like where my dermatologist scrapes a
bit of skin off  my arm as a biopsy. i mean "real" surgeries, in which
a patient would experience serious pain afterward.

This is a more rambly-sounding question than I usually ask ... but
I'll count on Google researcher to ask for clarification if needed.  
p.s. SPEED = appreciated, please!!
Subject: Re: How many surgeries of ALL kinds (on humans) performed each year in the USA?
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 28 Aug 2006 11:36 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello again Mike, 

It?s nice to see you again.

Sorry about the delay. Any question with the word "Google" in the
subject line or body of the question are instantly and automatically
locked and be reviewed by the GA editors. The lock is released after a
live person determines it's a question we can answer, and not a
question about the Google Answers service. Google Answers answers
those themselves. Only  a few minutes ago was I able to lock this

?About 20 million Americans undergo surgery with general anesthesia each year.?

July 20, 2005
Los Angeles Times

Stanford School of Medicine

Annually 25 to 30 million patients are anesthetized in the United States.

2006 Host Departments and Projects

?An estimated 20 million patients undergo surgery with general
anesthesia every year in the U.S. alone.?
Aspect Medical

?In the USA alone over 53 million patients undergo surgical procedures
each year. Despite most patients receiving pain medication, 50-75% of
patients report that they experience inadequate pain control
(Datamonitor). Pain is the most commonly reported reason for
readmission to hospital within 30 days of discharge or for admission
directly after surgery. There is a substantial opportunity for novel
and innovative medicines to expand and segment this developing
Vernalis: Post Operative Pain: V1003

?The National Institute of Health (NIH) estimates there are 50 million
cases of chronic pain and 30 million cases of acute and post-operative
pain in the U.S. annually, which cost $100 billion. This market is
expected to grow significantly as the baby boomer generation ages?

Search terms:
Million Americans surgery
Million surgical procedures United States
Pain surgery Unites States

We don't know why the Google Answers icon is not on the U.S. More
page, but you can reach Google Answers from here:
://  . Just click on the ?More? link and you will
find the Google Answers icon.

I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards,
mikeginnyc-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
This researcher has never let me down.  Excellent. (I didn't receive
the automatic note from Google to tell me the answer was here, or I
would have responded sooner.)  Thanks, as always!  mike

Subject: Re: How many surgeries of ALL kinds (on humans) performed each year in the USA?
From: bobbie7-ga on 28 Aug 2006 14:35 PDT
Hi Mike!

Thank you for the stars and generous tip!


Important Disclaimer: Answers and comments provided on Google Answers are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Google does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. Please read carefully the Google Answers Terms of Service.

If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by emailing us at with the question ID listed above. Thank you.
Search Google Answers for
Google Answers  

Google Home - Answers FAQ - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy