Spine Surgery Patient Outcomes


  • We proudly share our medical outcomes and patient feedback.

    Any time you have surgery, there is a risk of complications. We follow proven standards of care and go to great lengths to reduce the risk of complications. The table below shows how often our patients have had complications after surgery. The first column lists a possible complication. The next columns show what percentage of spine surgery patients at Memorial Health University Medical Center (MHUMC) experienced this complication. The last column shows the benchmark score so you can reference how we compare to similar hospitals around the country. A lower score is better.

      MHUMC,
    2015 Total
    MHUMC, 2016 Total  Top Performer Benchmark* or Goal**
    Possible Complications (Click on each term to learn more)
    Readmitted to the hospital within 30 days

    1.16%

    2.85%

    Less than 3%**

    Infection within 30 days

    0.45%

    0.37%

    Less than 1%**

    Paralysis or nerve injury

    0%

    0%

    0.11%*

    CSF leak

    0.18%

    0.28%

    2.95%*

    Blood clots

    0.18%

    0.18%

    0.562%*

    Inpatient deaths

    0%

    0%

    0.23%*

    Additional surgery within one year

    1.08%

    1.13%

    Less than 2%*

    *Benchmark is from Premier healthcare alliance database
    **Goal is based on current data in medical literature

    The scores below are based on responses from patients completing a discharge survey after spine surgery at Memorial Health University Medical Center.  Patients are asked to rate the care using a five point scale ranging from very dissatisfied/never to very satisfied/always.  The numbers below represent the percentage of people who gave us the highest score possible, also known as the “top box score.” In this table, a higher score is better.

      Top Box Scores
    2017 Total
    MHUMC Goal
    Overall satisfaction
    92% 90%
    Promptness of pain management 94% 90%
    Oswestry Disability Index (ODI)

    The graphs below show how our patients measured their pain or disability before and after surgery. The Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) has been used for more than 30 years and is considered the “Gold Standard” for measuring disability due to low back pain.

    Patients are asked to rate specific factors, including intensity of pain, lifting, ability to care for oneself, ability to walk, ability to sit, sexual function, ability to stand, social life, sleep quality, and ability to travel. Patients rate their level of disability before surgery (ODI baseline), and at 3 months (3M), 6 months (6M), and 1 year (1Y) after surgery. In the tables, “N” refers to the number of patients surveyed. This is how patients rate their ODI:

    • 0-20: Minimal disability 
    • 21-40: Moderate disability 
    • 41-60: Severe disability
    • 61-80: Crippling back pain 
    • 81-100: These patients are either bed-bound or have an exaggeration of their symptoms

    Lumbar graph   

    These tables represent the most recent data available, collected as of August 2017. 

     

    Neck Disability Index (NDI)

    The Neck Disability Index (NDI) is a modification of the ODI to measure the amount of disability caused by neck pain. Patients are asked to rate specific factors, including intensity of pain, lifting, ability to care for oneself, reading, headaches, concentration, work, driving, sleep quality, and recreation. Patients rate their level of disability before surgery (NDI baseline), and at 3 months (3M), 6 months (6M), and 1 year (1Y) after surgery. In the tables, “N” refers to the number of patients surveyed. This is how patients score their NDI:

    • 0-4 no disability
    • 5-14 mild disability
    • 15-24 moderate disability
    • 25-34 severe disability
    • Above 34 complete disability 
    Cervical Graph
    These tables represent the most recent data available, collected as of August 2017.