ED visits within 90 days of spine surgery linked with increased health care utilization

CHICAGO — There was significantly increased use of imaging, urgent care visits, added ED visits and cumulative opioid prescriptions after spine surgery among patients who had an ED visit within 90 days of surgery, study results showed.
At the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Erik Gerlach, MD, discussed results of a retrospective analysis he and his colleagues performed to study ED visits and health care utilization at 90 days and 1 year after spine surgery among 623 patients treated at their institution.
“Patients with a 90-day ED visit had significantly

CHICAGO — There was significantly increased use of imaging, urgent care visits, added ED visits and cumulative opioid prescriptions after spine surgery among patients who had an ED visit within 90 days of surgery, study results showed.
At the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Erik Gerlach, MD, discussed results of a retrospective analysis he and his colleagues performed to study ED visits and health care utilization at 90 days and 1 year after spine surgery among 623 patients treated at their institution.
“Patients with a 90-day ED visit had significantly