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Minimum 25-year outcome and functional assessment of lumbar discectomy.

This paper is a retrospective review on 348 consecutive patients who had lumbar discectomy surgery between 1973 and 1979 by the orthopedic department of Federico II Hospital in Naples, Italy.   Seven different surgeons participated in the surgical treatments.   Two Hundred One (201)  patients agreed to participate in follow-up,  either by mail or by an in […]

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Iliac crest bone graft harvest donor site morbidity. A statistical evaluation.

This paper published in 1995 is a case series of 261 patients that have had either posterior or anterior iliac crest harvesting for spinal fusion. With current utilization of bone graft substitutes including  bone marrow aspiration and BMP,    many of the more recently trained spine surgeons may not have had the experience of dealing with complications and […]

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