Spine Surgery and Patient Satisfaction

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Spine Surgery and Patient Satisfaction

Patients who participated in the Chronic Back Pain in America 2013 Surveyindicated that spine surgery was most commonly performed in a hospital operating room (91%). Nine-percent revealed they underwent an outpatient spinal procedure. Presented here are additional survey results that include surgical (during and/or after) complications, type and severity of post-operative pain, days hospitalized, where and when rehab started, and patient satisfaction with their spine surgery.
Complications During and/or After Spine Surgery
Complications Cervical
(n=81)
Thoracic
(n=21)
Lumbar/
Sacral
(n=205)
Bleeding 6% 10% 11%
Infection 7% 14% 9%
Difficulty swallowing 39% 5% 2%
Difficulty speaking 25% 0% 1%
Nerve damage 32% 29% 29%
Spinal cord injury 4% 9% 1%
Anesthesia reaction 9% 5% 9%
Post-operative Pain
Pain Descriptions (n=250)
None/very mild 5%
Minor 4%
Tolerable 12%
Strong 13%
Piercing 9%
Intense 14%
Very intense 10%
Extremely intense 12%
Excruciating 11%
Worst imaginable 10%
Time Hospitalized
  • 15% = < 24 hours
  • 12% = 1 day
  • 12% = 2 days
  • 21% = 3 days
  • 12% = 4 days
  • 27% = > 4 days
Where and when post-operative rehabilitation/physical therapy started
  • 22% = in hospital day after surgery
  •   8% = in hospital 2 days post-op
  • 12% = in hospital 3 days post-op
  • 23% = discharged for in-home therapy
  • 30% = discharged for outpatient therapy
  •   6% = discharged to a rehab facility for post-op therapy
Patient Satisfaction with Surgical Outcome (n=250)
  • 37% satisfied
  • 56% not satisfied
  •   7% indicated it was too early to tell

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