At the 11TH Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven Ambulatory Surgical Center Conference in Chicago, Dr. Kube spoke on two different topics. The first focused on the new advances in sacroiliac joint problems. The session will identify trends that are driving the advancement of sacroiliac joint conditions treatment. The second discussed core business and clinical issues involved in moving spine procedures to the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting.
The exclusive orthopedic, spine and pain management-focused conference brings together surgeons, physician leaders, administrators and ambulatory surgical center business and clinical leaders to discuss how to improve an ASC and how to manage challenging clinical, business and financial issues.
Dr. Kube is one of 52 physicians selected to speak at the conference. He worked with Dr. David Rothbart and Jeff Leland to present the issues involved in moving spine procedures to an ambulatory care center setting.
Dr. Kube says the progression of technology and technique is the main force making the shift from the inpatient setting to the outpatient setting in spine possible. Cost savings in the outpatient setting is huge; ambulatory surgery centers offer a time and cost effective alternative to hospitals. Patient satisfactions also tend to be better in the ASC environment.
“Patient expectations play a huge role. If you tell a patient they will get up sooner and easier, the impact is huge,” said Dr. Kube. “Helpings folks understand what will happen after surgery and that it is completely safe to perform these procedures in an outpatient setting is important.”
Dr. Kube believes minimally invasive procedures are shaping the way spine surgery is practiced. Spine surgeons can offer patients minimally invasive surgeries that promise less collateral damage to tissue and therefore less pain and a quicker recovery.
To read Dr. Kube’s other considerations for the transition of spine to ASCs, click here.