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South Med J. 2001 Jun;94(6):595-602.

Outcome study of surgical treatment for axial neck pain.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Ochsner Clinic and Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, New Orleans, LA 70121, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

We reviewed our surgical treatment of chronic axial cervical pain over a 4-year period to determine whether surgery in selected cases was associated with favorable outcomes.

METHODS:

We retrospectively studied 27 consecutive cases (20 patients with follow-up) of longstanding axial cervical spine pain treated surgically by a single surgeon from June 1994 through August 1998. Diagnostic workup included the following when appropriate: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) with interview, provocative diskography (with a nonpainful control level), single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), and diagnostic facet injection. Twenty patients (74%) responded to a postoperative telephone survey.

RESULTS:

For general outcome measures, 85% of patients reported satisfaction with pain relief and surgical result. Ninety-five percent stated they would repeat the procedure; 85% manifested improvement in Prolo score.

CONCLUSIONS:

Surgical treatment of chronic axial neck pain, when preceded by thorough evaluation, can yield excellent clinical results.

PMID:
11440327
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