Outpatient Lumbar Discectomy Decreases Short-Term Complications: Study

Carrie Pallardy -   Print  |
A study of 4,310 single lumbar discectomy cases found that the patients treated with outpatient surgery had lower overall complication rates than those patients that underwent the procedure in an inpatient setting, according to a Medscape report.Of the patients studied, 61.7 percent stayed in an inpatient hospital after the lumbar discectomy and 38.3 percent had the procedure done in an outpatient setting. Overall complication rate for the outpatient setting was 3.5 percent, compared with 5.4 percent for the inpatient setting.

The patients were chosen from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database.

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