Outpatient spine surgery is the safe, efficient migration of spinal surgical procedures to the outpatient environment to:
Advances in minimally invasive techniques allow surgeons to minimize muscle trauma, blood loss, post-operative pain, and hasten recovery. All that gets patients back on their feet more quickly and with a restored quality of life.
Specialized retractor systems and utilization of high-powered microscopes and microsurgical techniques allow procedures to be done safely as outpatient procedures. Improvements in instrumentation and biologics have also been important advancements in transforming surgeries into outpatient treatments.
Furthermore, alternative approaches to the spine such as the lateral approach or mini-open anterior or oblique approaches allow access to the spine without significant disruption of muscle or trauma to the soft tissues.
Advantages of outpatient minimally invasive spine surgery:
Ultimately, the goal of outpatient surgery is to get patients home sooner to recover in the comfort of their own home without the risk of exposure to infection and the disruption of a lengthy hospital stay.
Please feel free to ask Dr. Shifflett's team about his outpatient surgical centers in Marina Del Rey, California and Newport Beach, California or request a tour of the facilities.