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Volume of Common Procedures

One element that is associated with good care is hospital volume. While researchers are still trying to understand the exact relationship between volume and quality, studies have found that surgical teams with experience - that is, routinely performing a sufficient number of cases - have better results.

Looking at hospital volume over time can also provide you with some useful information about how practice patterns have changed over the years with the growth of new technology and new ways of doing procedures.

Below are the number of times BIDMC has performed certain procedures in recent years.

Volume Indicators 1 FY2012  FY2013  FY2014  FY2015 
AAA - Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair 70 79 98 93
Weight Loss Surgery: open gastric bypass 9 8 3 2
Weight Loss Surgery: laparoscopic gastric bypass 70 49 29 26
Weight Loss Surgery: laparoscopic gastric banding 101 78 30 10
CABG - (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft) 379 412 482 555
Carotid endarterectomy 110 95 109 121
Esophagectomy 25 13 22 25
Hip replacement: revision 28 32 30 28
Hip replacement: total or partial 275 317 355 393
Knee replacement: revision 30 62 43 54
Knee replacement: total 306 384 378 379
Knee replacement: total replacement of both knees during the same surgery 4 9 8 5
Pancreatectomy 90 92 109 109
Prostatectomy: radical 136 111 119 145
PCI: Percutaneous Coronary Intervention2 948 933 1090 1049

1BIDMC Volume Data has been prepared from BIDMC administrative databases, using procedure definitions adapted from those outlined in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS).  These definitions reflect inpatient hospitalizations between October 1st  through the following September 30th of the fiscal year indicated in the column heading.

2Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) volume includes a broader set of procedure codes than those outlined in the Department of Public Health Volume Inclusion definitions. BIDMC has included PCI procedures performed in both inpatient and outpatient settings to reflect the full level of activity between October 1st and September 30th of the fiscal year indicated in the column heading.

Last updated: July 2016 

Contact Information

Silverman Institute for Health Care Quality and Safety
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-1325