Spinal fusion readmit

In 2012, just 1.1 percent of spinal fusion patients had to return to the hospital for further treatment in less than three months after surgery, a decrease from the previous two years.

What does this data mean? 
In 2012, Children's had just 1.1 percent of its idiopathic spinal fusion patients return to surgery within 90 days of discharge. No spinal fusion patients were readmitted to an inpatient setting or observation within 30 days and no patients returned to the Emergency Department within seven days.

Why is this important?
Our length of stay following a spinal fusion surgery is also considerably lower than the national average*, so patients get home sooner and they stay there more often. The low number of patients that have to return to the hospital demonstrates that the procedures our pediatric surgeons perform are effective. It also shows that patients and their families are prepared to continue their recovery at home. This keeps our patients from having to go through additional surgeries and being at risk of post-surgical infections. 

The success of our high volume of spinal fusions can be measured by how often patients have to return to the hospital for further treatment.

How do we make sure we are providing high-quality care?

  • Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons on the Children’s medical staff offer a wide variety of surgical options meeting the special needs of children with different types of spinal diagnoses. They use advanced technology to provide innovative, minimally invasive techniques to orthopaedic spine care.
  • We provide educational resources to every family to help them care for their child.  
  • Our child life team can help calm fears about being in the hospital and having surgery. 
  • At Children’s we take a family-centered approach to each patient's care.

*Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS), 2012

Some physicians and affiliated healthcare professionals on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta team are independent providers and are not our employees.