Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Economic impact of minimally invasive lumbar surgery

Traditional spine surgeries are lumbar discectomy, lumbar laminectomy and arthrodesis. The advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery include shoerter hospital stay, less postoperative pain and early return to work. In 20015 in World journal of Orthopaedics, cost effectiveness of minimally invasive spine surgery was discussed by Hofstetter et al. Surgeries like lumbar microdisectomy, decompressive surgeries of the spine and short segment spine fixation were analyzed. They concluded that minimally invasive spine surgery had the same postoperative outcomes in terms of post operative benefits however the cost effectiveness increased as the hospital stay and rehabilitation time was reduced.

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