Outpatient Spine Surgery: Defining the Outcomes, Value, and Barriers to Implementation

Arjun Vivek Pendharkar, MD; Maryam Nour Shahin, BS; Allen Lin Ho, MD; Eric Scott Sussman, MD; David Arnold Purger, MD, PhD; Anand Veeravagu, MD; John Kevin Ratliff, MD; Atman Mukesh Desai, MD


Neurosurg Focus. 2018;44(5):e11 

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As the economic burden of United States health care continues to increase, we are obligated to produce novel solutions to rising costs. Here, we present evidence describing ambulatory spine surgery outcomes with related proposed cost savings. With proper patient selection and close follow-up, outpatient surgery may be an ideal model for innovation and significant cost reduction.