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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 1 Robert S. Bray, MD, and Karen Reiter, RN, CNOR, RNFA, CASC | Marina del Rey, Calif. 9 Tips for Adding Outpatient Spine Advice from the founder and the administrator of one of the country's first spine surgery centers. S pine surgery's soaring demand and seismic shift to the outpa- tient setting have combined to create an amazing growth oppor- tunity for surgeons and ambulatory facilities alike. What's driv- ing the demand for spine services? An aging, overweight and sedentary popula- tion suffering from back and neck pain, which causes more disability worldwide than any other disease or disorder. A combination of factors has acceler- ated spine's recent conversion to outpatient sur- gery. Among them are advances in minimally invasive techniques that require much less mus- cle dissection or retraction, studies touting the safety and efficacy of outpatient spine surgery, high satisfaction rates among patients and, of course, lower costs that will be better suited for soon-to-arrive bundled payment models for spine, which will reward providers that deliver To manage pain, we use a multimodal protocol, but we administer a little less medication a little more frequently.

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