5 Statistics on Postoperative Scoliosis Management


A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery retrospectively analyzed 124 consecutive adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients who underwent spinal fusion to compare postoperative management.

Some patients underwent postoperative management on the hospital floor while others were managed postoperatively in the intensive care unit. Here are five statistics from the study:

•    Average age for surgery was 14 years old.
•    An average of 11 vertebral levels were fused.
•    Patients who underwent postoperative care on the hospital floor experienced significant decrease in postoperative blood tests, hospital stay days and physical therapy sessions when compared with those who were managed postoperatively in the intensive care unit.
•    Average charge for patients who were managed on the floor postoperatively was $33,121.
•    Average charge for patients managed postoperatively in the intensive care unit was $39,252.

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