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Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1978 Sep;3(3):256-9.

Repeat surgery after disc excision.


Sixty patients requiring repeat surgery after lumbar disc excision are reviewed. Thirty-one had had their initial surgery performed by the authors and represent a 5.9% frequency of repeat surgery after initial laminectomy for sciatica. Of the 60 patients, 49 suffered recurrent radicular pain, 20 suffered from back pain, and 8 had other problems (infection, extradural cysts, etc.). In patients with recurrent sciatica, perineural fibrosis and recurrent herniation were the most common problems; those patients with the latter pathologic condition responded most favorably to repeat surgery. Of 520 patients who had undergone disc excision, only 9 required secondary fusion.

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