5 Trends in Complex Spine Surgery

Becker's Spine Review—March 3, 2016

Mary Rechtoris from Becker's Spine Review attributes lower health care costs to new technologies and surgical tools for spine surgery that also creates enhanced outcomes for patients.

Mary interviews Han Jo Kim, MD, a spine surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, who explains, "Complex spine surgery is trending towards becoming more cost-effective due to pressures we face to decrease healthcare costs." In addition, "There is increased focus on reducing complications and length of stay while maximizing outcomes – which ultimately increases the value proposition of a particular intervention."

The article focuses on these five trends in spine surgery: patient pathology, age of a patient, planning tools that allow surgeons to visualize surgery, biologics, and risk stratification.

To read the full article, visit BeckersSpine.com.


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