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Manager's Guide to Orthopedic Surgery - August 2014

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3 0 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 M ore upper-extremity sur- geries are moving to the outpatient setting, thanks to advances in regional anesthesia and refined arthroscopic techniques that result in less tissue dissection. Most cases are per- formed relatively quickly with rapid room turnovers, making upper extremities a high- volume specialty with no shortage of patients. Professional ath- letes with finger fractures and desk workers with carpal tunnel syndrome are all seeking out facilities with talented hand, wrist and elbow specialists. Let's take a closer look at some of the procedures that make up most upper-extremity surgeons' caseloads. • Carpal tunnel release is typically a hand and wrist surgeon's highest volume proce- dure. Surgeons perform the release as a stan- dard open procedure or endoscopically U P P E R E X T R E M I T I E S Hands, Wrists & Elbows How your ortho service line can benefit from upper- extremity procedures. R. Glenn Gaston, MD Charlotte, N.C. KEY CONTRIBUTORS Hand surgeons are high-volume pro- ducers for orthopedic surgery centers.

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