Single-level cervical total disc replacement safe in outpatient settings, study finds


A study published in Spine found that outpatient single-level cervical total disc replacement were comparable to the inpatient setting when it came to patient outcomes.

Researchers analyzed data from 373 outpatients and 1,612 inpatients who underwent single-level cervical total disc replacement from 2005-16.

Researchers found:

  • No significant difference in perioperative complications between the two cohorts
  • Similar readmission rates
  • No difference in perioperative adverse events

Researchers concluded: "The perioperative outcomes evaluated in the current study support the conclusion that, for appropriately selected patients, single-level CTDR can be safely performed in the outpatient setting without increased rates of 30-day perioperative complications or readmissions compared with inpatient CTDR or outpatient single-level [anterior cervical discectomy and fusion]."

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