By Laura Dyrda
A new study published in Spine examines the utilization of ambulatory surgical procedures for intervertebral disc disorders and spinal stenosis from 1994 to 2006 in the United States.
The researchers examined the National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery, which the CDC conducted in 1994, 1996 and 2006. The researchers found:
1. Procedures for intervertebral disc disorders increased 540 percent from 1994 to 2006; at the same time, procedures for spinal stenosis increased 926 percent.