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Did Skin Prep Fuel This Fire? - February 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 9 7 N owadays, you measure the length of stay for spinal fusion surgery in hours, not days: 3 to 3 1 ⁄2 hours from entrance to discharge for a lumbar laminectomy and 6 hours for an anterior cervical discectomy. How do you get patients street-ready so quickly? You closely screen and stratify suitable candidates, and you manage their pain. Same-day ambulatory spinal fusion is becoming a preferred option for both patients and providers, spurred by minimally invasive surgi- cal techniques that let surgeons perform spine fusions with less tissue trauma and multimodal pain management protocols, as well as favor- able economics. Patient selection and managing post-operative inci- Anterior cervical surgery is all about patient selection and pain management. Secrets to Safe Same-Day Spinal Fusion • SPINAL FUSION Outpatient surgery for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is a safe and favorable option for suitable patients. Hospital for Special Surgery W. Bradley Worthington, MD Nashville, Tenn.

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