Orthopedic hospitals vs. outpatient clinics

Traditionally, open spine surgery has been performed in a hospital and requires a hospital stay of two to five days after the procedure due to the use of a large incision and the muscles being cut or torn. This is done to ensure a patient’s safety and health after the highly invasive open neck or open back surgery takes place.

However, in recent years, another option has actually become the standard for spine surgery — outpatient clinics. In fact, many patients are now choosing spine surgery that is performed in an outpatient center (also known as an ambulatory or same day surgery center) because of the many advantages compared to spine surgery performed in a hospital.

Advantages of outpatient clinics

Outpatient clinics have gained popularity with the rise of minimally invasive spine surgery. For instance, minimally invasive spine surgery, such as the procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, offers a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery.^

At an outpatient clinic, patients have more flexibility about where the surgery is performed. Instead of having to stay in a hospital for several days after the procedure, patients undergoing minimally invasive spine surgery can be up and walking within a few hours of surgery.^

This type of flexibility offers several advantages to patients:

  • The procedures conducted at outpatient clinics are usually relatively minor. These operations don’t require the recovery and staffing of a hospital.
  • Because outpatient procedures are quicker, the clinics normally run on time.
  • Physicians offer more personalized care in outpatient clinics because they are treating fewer patients for a shorter amount of time.
  • Outpatient clinics are increasingly being designed to be more comfortable than a traditional hospital setting.
  • With advancements in medical technology, many of the same procedures that traditionally required treatment in orthopedic hospitals can now be managed in an outpatient facility.

The difference between orthopedic hospitals and outpatient clinics is clear. There is still a need for certain major operations to be conducted in an orthopedic hospital setting, but as minimally invasive procedures are advancing, the need for hospitalization is diminishing.

Outpatient spine procedures

At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive spine surgery can help treat the most common spine conditions that are causing chronic neck or back pain. Because of our minimally invasive approach to spine surgery, our patients can undergo their procedure in the comfort of one of our seven state-of-the-art facilities across the country. For more information about the advantages of our minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute.

Our patient-centered care and unparalleled spine expertise have earned Laser Spine Institute’s reputation as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Our minimally invasive procedures have also earned a patient satisfaction score of 96 and patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100.^

Since 2005, Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from their chronic neck or back pain. Through a free MRI review,* we can determine if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures. Reach out to our dedicated team today so we can help you on your journey to wellness.