Two spine surgeons weigh in on the latest trends in pain management.
Ask Spine Surgeons is a weekly series of questions posed to spine surgeons around the country about clinical, business and policy issues affecting spine care. We invite all spine surgeon and specialist responses.
Next week’s question: What is your best advice for payer negotiations?
Issada Thongtrangan, MD. Orthopedic Spine and Neurosurgeon at Minimally Invasive Spine (Phoenix): I would like to see more development on long-acting local anesthetic, either in the form of local injections or patches that can be used safely around the incisions, as most of the spine surgeries nowadays can be done in an outpatient setting.