Readmission in elective spine surgery: Will short stays be beneficial to patients

Avery E. Brown, Hesham Saleh, Sara Naessig, Katherine E. Pierce, Waleed Ahmad, Cole A. Bortz, Haddy Alas, Irene Chern, Dennis Vasquez-Montes, Rivka C. Ihejirika, Frank A. Segreto, Jonathan Haskel, Daniel James Kaplan, Bassel G. Diebo, Michael C. Gerling, Carl B. Paulino, Alekos Theologis, Virginie Lafage, Muhammad B. Janjua, Peter G. Passias

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There has been limited discussion as to whether spine surgery patients are benefiting from shorter in-patient hospital stays or if they are incurring higher rates of readmission and complications secondary to shortened length of stays. Included in this study were 237,446 spine patients >18yrs and excluding infection. Patients with Clavien Grade 5 complications in 2015 had the lowest mean time to readmission after initial surgery in all years at 12.44 ± 9.03 days. Pearson bivariate correlations between LOS ≤ 1 day and decreasing days to readmission was the strongest in 2016.). Logistic regression analysis found that LOS ≤ 1 day showed an overall increase in the odds of hospital readmission from 2012 to 2016 (2.29 [2.00–2.63], 2.33 [2.08–2.61], 2.35 [2.11–2.61], 2.27 [2.06–2.49], 2.33 [2.14–2.54], all p < 0.001).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-174
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
StatePublished - Aug 2020


  • Elective spine
  • Hospital stay
  • Readmsision


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