October 15, 2018
In todays healthcare environment, there is increasing scrutiny placed on assessing the value of non-surgical and surgical care in the treatment of low back disorders. The study aimed to evaluate the costs of conservative treatment for low back condition in the 6 months prior to spinal fusion surgery.
Conservative treatment in the 6 months prior to lumbar fusion surgery was extremely costly (over $30 million in 8,000 Medicare Advantage patients) related to use of medications, injections, physical therapy and imaging studies. High expenditures on non-surgical care in certain patients with surgical indications, did not avoid the need for lumbar fusion surgery.
Dr. Frank Phillips is a leader in the field and is a founder, board member and past president of the Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Dr. Phillips has participated in the development of and pioneered a number of minimally invasive spinal techniques that are now widely used.