Outpatient spine surgery avoids hospital, overnight stays

April 22, 2020 by Juris Shibayama, MD
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Now more than ever with the risk of COVID-19, it is important to minimize time spent at the hospital.  Dr. Shibayama has been performing outpatient spine surgery for more than 10 years.  He was the first—and still is—the only spine surgeon to do lumbar fusions on an outpatient basis in middle Tennessee.  Greater than 80% of his surgeries are done on an outpatient basis and most often can be done at the ambulatory surgery center to avoid the hospital completely. Using the most advanced minimally invasive spine surgery techniques, surgical pain is kept to an absolute minimum.  In addition, Dr. Shibayama has studied and used multi-modal pain management protocols to ensure the most comfortable recovery in the safety of the patient’s home.

The procedures which can be done on an outpatient basis are:

1.  Minimally invasive lumbar fusion (1 and 2 levels)
2.  Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (1, 2, and 3 levels)
3.  Cervical disc replacement (1 and 2 levels)
4.  Minimally invasive lumbar laminectomy
5.  Microdiscectomy
6.  Posterior cervical foraminotomy
7.  Percutaneous sacroiliac (SI) joint fusion

If your surgeon has recommended one of these procedures for you, but is recommending a stay in the hospital, you may be a candidate for the procedure to be done on an outpatient basis at the ambulatory surgery center with Dr. Shibayama.  Dr. Shibayama strives to provide the best surgical treatment in the safest environment, returning you to your own home as soon as possible after surgery.  You can even have your consult via telemedicine to see if outpatient spine surgery is an option.

Telemedicine consults are available to anyone, anywhere in the United States and even the world. Even if you are already established with another spine surgeon, Dr. Shibayama is available for a visit for any issues you may be having.

To schedule a telemedicine consultation, please call 615-267-6600.



In Short Words

Dr. Juris Shibayama is an orthopedic surgeon in Smyrna, Tennessee and is affiliated TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine. He did his orthopedic residency training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. He then completed a one year fellowship dedicated exclusively to spine surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He has been in practice 13 years.

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