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Will ASC growth keep up with demand?

The United States is seeing unprecedented growth in outpatient procedure volumes, especially in orthopedics and cardiovascular care.

February 23, 2024

Outpatient surgical volumes are only expected to grow in the coming years, led largely by orthopedic procedures including joint replacements, spinal fusions and knee replacements, according to a study from healthcare intelligence firm Sg2.

The study projects that by 2033, outpatient surgical volumes will grow by 18%, reaching 109.5 million cases annually. 

However, Sg2 also predicts that the number of ASCs in the U.S. will only grow by about 12% in the next five years, reaching 22% growth in 10 years. Currently, there are around 6,200 Medicare-certified ASCs in the U.S.

If growth estimates are correct, there will be approximately 7,564 ASCs in the U.S. in 2033, for 109.5 million cases. That is approximately 14,500 cases to one facility annually. 

NHRD provides outpatient ASC advisory and development services including national site selection, lease negotiation, design management, financing, and development of surgery centers. Our team partners with some of the leading ASC management companies and physicians to provide turn-key ASC real estate expansion services. Contact us to discuss your next surgery center development.


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