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Is Your ASC Ready for Spine Surgery?
Answer these key questions before adding this much-hyped specialty.
Robert S. Bray, Jr., MD and Karen Reiter, RN, CNOR, RNFA, CASC
Publish Date: September 20, 2021   |  Tags:   Neurosurgery-Spine Orthopedics
TOP DOC Dr. Bray (left) is recognized as a national pioneer of minimally invasive techniques and a trailblazer in outpatient spine care.   |   DISC Sports & Spine Center

We’re witnessing a perfect storm of factors converging at the perfect time to make outpatient spine one of surgery’s hottest specialties. There’s overwhelming physician buy-in, widespread insurer acceptance, proven statistics on lower complication rates, and higher patient and staff satisfaction. Plus, the pandemic continues to overwhelm hospitals and push patients toward ASCs. For well-positioned facilities, now is the time to consider adding an outpatient spine program or ramping up an existing one. 

We’ve been doing outpatient spine surgeries for more than 20 years, and we’ve seen what it takes to succeed. Whether you’re looking to start a new program, enhance an existing one or take on more complex, high-acuity cases, there are several questions you need to ask yourself first.

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