The quantity of yearly procedures is huge and continuously growing, 51.5M in the USA alone, however the number of physicians hasn't grown enough in comparison, resulting in injury to physicians, high burden on hospitals, and reduced quality of patient care.
In 1994 57% of gastroenterologist complained of occupational disease, the percentage soared to 78% in 2006 and is further rising and is estimated to effect 89% nowadays. This impacts productivity, incurs costs of recovery time, physical therapy and even surgery.
Improper performance results in 54% of malpractice claims
Diagnosis error: 24%
Injury (perforation): 12%