How many surgical procedures are performed each year?

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Catgut, an absorbable sterile strand, is obtained from collagen derived from healthy mammals. It was originally prepared from the submucosal layer of the intestines of sheep. It is used as a surgical ligature.

According to the latest figures (2007), 45 million surgical procedures were performed on an inpatient basis. The most frequently performed procedures include:

Procedure Procedures per Year
Arteriography and angiocardiography using contrast 1.9 million
material (used to evaluate blockages in the arteries that  
supply blood to the heart)  
Cesarean section 1.3 million
Cardiac catheterizations 1.1 million
Endoscopy of small intestine with or without biopsy 1.0 million


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