Safety of outpatient hand, shoulder surgeries examined

A large study of hand and shoulder surgeries performed at a freestanding, outpatient center found few complications — 0.2 percent in nearly 29,000 patients over an 11-year period. The study appears in the new issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Previous studies have documented the benefits of surgery conducted at outpatient centers, including cost savings and specialization. These centers become more adept and efficient as they perform high quantities of the same surgical procedure.

Source: Science Daily

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