Laser Spine Institute procedures benefit workers — 3 things to know

Laura Dyrda -   Print  |

A recent study shows procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute centers have benefits for workers and employers.

Rivenbark Consulting released the study along with Laser Spine Institute, covering outcomes for more than 100 qualified patients and a review of more than 20 peer reviewed journal articles that report surgical outcomes for open lumbar fusion procedures. Laser Spine Institute includes a network of ambulatory surgery centers where physicians treat patients with back and spine issues.


The study defines cost-savings to employers with increased production output when employees return to work faster than they would have with an open fusion procedure. Here are key findings from the study:


1. Laser Spine Institute's minimally invasive procedures allow employees to return to work in 1.24 months, much faster than 3.99 months following conventional open procedures.


2. Workers who underwent procedures at Laser Spine Institute had 2.75 additional months of working time available to them, which amounts to around 70 percent education in lost productivity for employers in addition to income gains for patients.


3. Average earnings for Laser Spine Institute working patients was $73,402. Returning to work 2.75 months faster allowed patients to recover $16,759 in lost wages when compared to open fusion patients.


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