The Increasing Morbidity of Elective Spinal Stenosis Surgery: Is It Necessary?

Nov 16, 2011 by

Carragee EJ.

JAMA. 2010; 303: 1309-1310.

PMID: 20371793

This editorial reports concern over the increase in surgical complications for stenosis. Complication rates rose from negligible levels in 2002 to 15% in 2007; the author attributes this change to increased procedural complexity for higher reimbursement. This thought-provoking piece sheds light on systematic trends that may affect patient care.


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