Clinical and Economic Advantages of Out-Patient Spine Surgery

  • Neil M. Badlani
  • Joel Lehr
  • Frank M. Phillips


Outpatient spine surgery has grown dramatically over the last decade because of significant clinical and economic advantages to patients, physicians, and the healthcare industry. Improving technology, increased patient and physician satisfaction, as well as a desire to control healthcare costs are key drivers of this growth. Patients prefer outpatient procedures because of the increased convenience and quality of care. Physicians benefit from the efficiencies of the outpatient setting and potential profit from ownership. The healthcare market continues to evolve because of ambulatory surgery centers providing a disruptive innovation to the existing industry structure. Shifting site of surgery to the outpatient setting leads to an overall decentralization of heathcare and significant cost saving opportunities. The trend toward moving spine surgery to the outpatient setting will continue as patients and physicians become more comfortable with the process and evidence continues to show excellent outcomes, low complications, and economic efficiencies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil M. Badlani
    • 1
    • 2
  • Joel Lehr
    • 3
  • Frank M. Phillips
    • 4
  1. 1.The Orthopedic Sports ClinicHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Nobilis Health CorporationHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Nobilis Health Corporation, Investor RelationsHoustonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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