Spine surgery in outpatient setting linked to fewer ER visits postoperative, study shows: 5 findings

A study published in Spine examined the number of emergency room visits resulting from spine surgery performed at hospitals compared to outpatient settings.

Here are five findings.

1. Researchers studied 48,868 patient cases between 2006 and 2014. Outpatient spine surgical clinic utilization was considered the primary variable.

2. The study found outpatient spine clinic services reduce the likelihood of both 30-day and 90-day emergency department utilization.

3. Spine surgeries performed in hospitals cause an increase in unnecessary ER visits.

4. After 30 days, 15 percent of patients visited the emergency department. However, only 6 percent presented complications.

5. At 90 days, 29 percent of patients visited the emergency department. However, only 5 percent presented complications.

"Outpatient utilization of spine clinics was the only factor independently association with a reduced likelihood of [emergency department] utilization," study authors concluded.

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