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Would You Operate On This Patient? - October 2015 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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W hile microdiscectomies and laminectomies are relatively straightforward, more complex procedures like lumbar spinal fusions at one or two levels are pushing the outpa- tient spine envelope. And as the field grows, so does the focus on min- imizing common problems and complications associated with spine surgery. If you're considering adding outpatient spine surgery to your facility, or want to expand your current services, here are 5 things you need to know to make your cases safer. 1. Pick the right patient and the right surgeon Preventing problems and complications starts well before the day of surgery. In fact, a strong patient selection process is one of the best ways to minimize the most common complications associated with spine surgery. 1 4 6 O U T P A T 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 | O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5 5 Keys to Safer Spine Surgery As you take on complex spine cases, here's how to prevent common complications. Nitin Khanna, MD | Munster, Ind. z COMMON CONCERNS While blood loss is the primary concern during spinal surgery, dural tears are a close second, especially in more complex cases.

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