Early ambulation decreases length of hospital stay, perioperative complications and improves functional outcomes in elderly patients undergoing surgery for correction of adult degenerative scoliosis

Spine | September 14, 2017

Adogwa O, et al. - This study assessed the impacts of early mobilization on patient outcomes, complications profile, and 30-day readmission rates following elective spinal surgery for correction of adult degenerative scoliosis in elderly patients. Post-operation early ambulation caused a marked decline in the incidence of perioperative complications, shortened duration of in-hospital stay, and contributed to improved perioperative functional status. Even a delay of 24 hours to ambulation was associated with higher complication rates and inferior functional outcomes.

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