With The Growth Of Outpatient Orthopedic Spine Surgery, More Research Is Warranted

 – March 23, 2015  –– 

As the potential and practicality of orthopedic spine surgery performed in the outpatient setting gains traction with both patients and surgeons, questions still remain about reimbursement, risk-to-benefit ratios, guidelines for follow-up care and decisions about which procedures should be done in this environment. “The question for spinal surgery is what are the appropriate kinds of procedures to be done in an ambulatory setting and which ones are best suited to be done in a hospital?” Andrew C. Hecht, MD, chief of spine surgery and associate professor in orthopedics and neurosurgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told Orthopedics Today.

-Dr. Andrew Hecht, Associate Professor, Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, the Spine Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital

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