Study: Spine cases safe in ASCs with efficient surgical teams, proper patient selection

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With an efficient surgical team and careful patient selection criteria, single and multilevel cervical artificial disc replacement procedures are safe to perform in ASCs, according to a study authored by three renowned spine surgeons.

Todd Lanman, MD, Jason Cuellar, MD, PhD, and Alexandre Rasouli, MD, served as the principal investigators in the study, which was published Nov. 7 in Spine.

They analyzed 147 patients who underwent 231 consecutive cervical artificial disc replacement surgeries in ASCs over a nine-month period, including multilevel and revision procedures.

Three findings to know:

1. The average anesthesia duration was 88 minutes.

2. Just over 90 percent of patients were discharged directly home, while nearly 10 percent went to an after-care facility.

3. Of the 231 artificial disc replacements performed, there were two minor postoperative complications resulting in unplanned hospital admissions within 90 days.

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