4 updates in outpatient spine surgery

A spine surgeon's upcoming ASC and three more updates in the outpatient spine surgery space reported since June 1:

1. Medtronic received FDA approval for its spinal cord stimulator, Vanta.

2. Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics performed its first cervical disc replacement, according to a LinkedIn post.

3. Spine surgeon Chukwuka Okafor, MD, is opening a surgery center this year in Lakeland, Fla., to capitalize on the accelerating trend of outpatient migration.

4. The Back Space, a chain of retail spine care clinics, revealed the location of five of its 10 locations planned in Walmart stores as of July 7.

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