C Patrick’s Answer
Case volume varies widely across specialties and even within specialties depending on a particular surgeon’s practice patterns. For example, as a neurosurgeon some of my cases may only take 30-60 minutes and one can do 5 or more in a day. On the other hand, some of the complex brain tumors and spine reconstructions may take 8-12 hours or more, with the most complex being staged over multiple days.
C Patrick recommends the following next steps:
- Try exploring the different surgical specialties at the American Collegeof Surgeons (https://www.facs.org/education/resources/medical-students/faq/specialties). As you focus on a single specialty you may be able to get more specific numbers.
- You may be able to search the Nationwide Inpatient Sample for numbers on procedures nationally by year. https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/nisoverview.jsp