Forrest General Named Top 25 in Spine Fusion by North American Spine Society | Health
Forrest General has been recognized as one of the Top 25 hospitals in the nation for spine fusion by the North American Spine Society in its publication Orthopedics This Month.
Spine fusion is a very delicate, specialized procedure that requires expert training and technology. Forrest General’s ranking as 13th out of the top 25 hospitals named in the publication is the result of national research compiling each hospital’s number of procedures, complication rate, charges and other considerations.
“Our recognition in the Top 25 is completely attributed to our outstanding neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and staff who take advantage of state-of-the-art technology and facilities to consistently give our patients a positive experience – from the time they check in for their procedure to the time they go home,” said Forrest General Orthopedics and Neurology Service Line Leader Steve Jackson. “We are honored to be recognized by this well-known organization for our accomplishments in spine fusion.”
Spinal fusion is a surgical technique that fuses, or unites, two vertebrae in the spine so that there is no movement between them. A fusion procedure involves using bone grafts or other hardware, such as plates, to connect the two vertebrae, with healing occurring over several months following surgery. Spinal fusion can be used to treat a variety of problems, including back pain of unknown cause or related to a fractured vertebrae, spinal deformities, disc herniations or instability.
Research for the ranking was conducted by Scott Ellison of PearlDiver Data Technologies, a leader in the Life Sciences Information Industry. PearlDiver has built one of the largest healthcare databases in the world with more than 1.1 billion HIPAA-compliant patient records. From this base, PearlDiver is able to offer hospitals, medical professionals, medical device company executives, analysts, and regulatory agencies critical insights and actionable information.