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August 1986

Ear, Nose, and Throat Operations in the United States, 1979 to 1984

Author Affiliations

From the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at Newark, and the Freehold (NJ) Area Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1986;112(8):873-876. doi:10.1001/archotol.1986.03780080073017

• Using data from the National Center for Health Statistics for 1979 to 1984, I found a 5% decrease in total ear, nose, and throat (ENT) operations, the largest decline of any surgical specialty. For the same five-year period, the number of ENT surgeons increased 15%. In 1983, ENT surgeons performed 478 000 operations on tonsils and adenoids, an 18% decrease from the 1979 total (584 000). The removal of tonsils and adenoids is the eighth most common operation performed in the United States. The second most common ENT operation, nose repair and plastic operations (263 000), is the country's 14th most frequent operation. The 20 most common ENT operations constitute 87% of all ENT operations. In 1983, ENT operations represented 9% of all surgery in this country. These figures show that numbers of ENT surgical operations have decreased over the last five years, despite a constantly increasing number of ENT surgeons.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1986;112:873-876)