Notes to editor*Definitions of medical terminology
- “Procedure” – any operation of any size
- “Heart and Circulatory Diseases” - treatments for heart disease such as angina or palpitations, and treatments to arteries and veins in the legs and elsewhere
- “Multiple arthroscopic knee operations” – a knee arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery to look inside the knee to find out more about problems, such as whether there is an inflammation or an injury. Treatment can also happen during a knee arthroscopy
- “Transforaminal epidurals” - Injections to the nerves near the spine to provide pain relief and reduce inflammation and swelling
Top 10 Most Common Procedures in 2015 across the UK
- Diagnostic colonoscopy
- Diagnostic endoscopic examination of bladder
- Ultrasound phacoemulsification of cataract, with lens implant - unilateral
- Multiple arthroscopic operation on knee
- Transforaminal epidural
- Diagnostic oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy (OGD) and immediate colonoscopy
- Medial Branch Block or Facet joint injection
- Primary total hip replacement
- Surgical removal of impacted/buried tooth/teeth
The most searched for conditions in 2015 across the UK
- Fungal skin infections
- Hiatus hernia
- Rectal prolapse
Biggest increase in searched for conditions in 2015 across the UK
- Piles – 2454%
- IBS - 1819%
- Menopause – 428%
- Stress – 389%
- Tennis elbow – 349%
- Peptic ulcer – 347%
- Rectal prolapse – 316%
- Osteoarthritis – 280%
- Fungal skin infections – 272%
- Malaria – 270%
To provide the above data, Bupa analysed anonymised claims data from 2015, and reviewed the searches into medical conditions that had been made on the Bupa website.
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