Outpatient Surgeries Gain Popularity

The number of outpatient surgery visits in the United States increased about 40 percent in the past 10 years — from 20.8 million in 1996 to 34.7 million in 2006. Free-standing centers saw the most activity, with the leading cause for visits being endoscopies of the large and small intestines, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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