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Tag: Time Factors

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

Posted: July 12, 2016 at 1:59 pm   /   Degenerative

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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Long-term outcomes of surgical and nonsurgical management of sciatica secondary to a lumbar disc herniation: 10 year results from the maine lumbar spine study.

Posted: May 26, 2016 at 1:19 pm   /   Degenerative

The debate of surgical management vs. nonsurgical care for the treatment of sciatica resulting from a lumbar disc herniation remains ongoing. This study by Atlas et al (2005) represents a long term prospective investigation looking at the outcomes of surgery vs. conservative treatment up to ten years for patients with sciatica due to a disc […]

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Safety and effectiveness of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 for spinal fusion: a meta-analysis of individual-participant data.

Posted: February 23, 2016 at 10:45 am   /   Degenerative, General

In 2011, researchers identified the potential for study bias regarding results of the use of Bone Morphogenic Protein-2 for lumbar spinal fusion.   Medtronic, the manufacturer of Infuse BMP-2, consented to have an independent review of their raw data from all FDA rhBMP2 trials.   This study was funded and conducted by The Yale University Open Data […]

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The prediction of curve progression in untreated idiopathic scoliosis during growth.

Posted: December 5, 2015 at 8:13 am   /   Deformity

The natural history of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is still not entirely understood despite decades of research. This study by Lonstein and Carlson is truly one of the classic papers published on the subject of idiopathic scoliosis, looking at the prognostic factors related to curve progression.  The study population was drawn from a database of juvenile and adolescent […]

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Accelerated degeneration of the segment adjacent to a lumbar fusion.

Posted: December 5, 2015 at 7:52 am   /   Degenerative

The study published by Lee in 1988 was intended to descriptively define conditions and pathomechanics at adjacent segments following a lumbar fusion.  This was at a time period where the effectiveness of lumbar fusion for low back pain was one of the foremost questions to be answered and potential complications of the procedure were largely […]

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A prospective, randomized study of lumbar fusion. Preliminary results.

Posted: December 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm   /   Degenerative

This  randomized study published in 1993 was one of the first to compare instrumentation to no instrumentation using the prospective approach.  One hundred and twenty four patients were included in this study who underwent surgery for a degenerative lumbar condition that included isthmic and degenerative spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease, scoliosis with spinal stenosis and repair […]

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