7 outpatient spine stories — Jan. 9, 2017

Here are seven recent stories on outpatient spine trends and news articles.

99.8% patients at single clinic discharged same day after outpatient cervical, lumbar spine surgery
A study, published in Neurosurgery, examined 1,449 outpatient spine surgeries, with 1,073 lumbar and 376 cervical spine procedures. In all, 99.8 percent of all patients were discharged on the same day of surgery. Researchers concluded, "The overall complication rate was 3.5 percent, surgical mortality was 0 percent and only 1.5 percent had to be admitted to the hospital within three months after surgery."

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists to relocate surgery center for complex orthopedic, spine cases
Syracuse (N.Y.) Orthopedic Specialists has plans to relocate its outpatient surgery center to Cicero, N.Y. The practice wants to relocate its surgery center, Specialists' One-Day Surgery, to a larger space to accommodate complex orthopedic and spine cases.

Dr. Harel Deutsch on the spine industry's direction
The introduction of robotics in spine surgery continues to dominate the market and many device companies are beginning to develop new robotic systems. Harel Deustch, MD, of Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center highlights some key trends spine surgeons can expect in the future, from outpatient spine surgery to robotics surgery. Read here.

ASCs reduce spine surgery procedure time, SSI risk
A study, published in the West Indian Medical Journal, examined surgical site infection rate among spine surgery patients in inpatient and outpatient sites. Surgical times in the hospital group were 217 ± 11 minutes, while the ASC group had times of 117 minutes ± eight minutes. Overall SSI rate was 1.6 percent. There was a significant intergroup difference of 0.045 between hospitals and ASCs.

Dr. Kingsley Chin completes ACDF procedure in record time
Hollywood, Fla.-based The Less Exposure Surgery Specialists Institute spine surgeon Kingsley Chin, MD, completed a three-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion case in an hour and five minutes, his record time. LES technology is designed for outpatient spine and orthopedic procedures.

Trends of spine surgeries performed in hospital outpatient centers vs. ASCs
A study published in Spine explores the trends of various spine surgeries being performed in hospital outpatient settings versus ambulatory surgery centers. In hospital outpatient centers, lumbar decompression laminotomy first level saw the greatest influx of surgeries from 18.7 percent to 68.5 percent. Posterior cervical decompression laminectomy without facetectomy first level also grew in the outpatient hospital setting from 0 percent to 46.7 percent.

What to know about lateral lumbar interbody fusion in ASCs
Lateral lumbar interbody fusions are becoming more popular as patients seek out minimally invasive surgery options with quicker recovery. Developments in magnification and illumination in surgical instruments have increased the ability for minimally invasive lateral lumbar spine fusions. While the procedure is minimally invasive, physicians at ambulatory surgery centers face high costs for lateral devices and instrumentation.

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