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Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Jul 1;35(15):1478-81. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181c62294.

Life quality after instrumented lumbar fusion in the elderly.

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Orthopaedic Hospital Speising, Spine Center, Vienna, Austria. philipp.becker@oss.at

Abstract

STUDY DESIGN:

Retrospective cohort study.

OBJECTIVE:

To review the clinical outcome on elderly patients after spinal instrumented fusion.

SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA:

Although lumbar fusion in elderly patients has increased rapidly, there are only few and conflicting results regarding the clinical outcome.

METHODS:

This retrospective review evaluated 195 patients aged 70 to 89 who underwent lumbar spinal fusion. All 195 patients had follow-ups after 6 weeks, 1 year, and 2 years, including clinical evaluation as well as visual analog scale score, Oswestry Disability Index, and Short Form health survey.

RESULTS:

Elderly patients benefit from spinal fusion. Back and leg pains were initially reduced by >50%, with a slight deterioration over a 2-year period. Pain medication was reduced in 69% of the patients, and 89.7% of the patients were satisfied.

CONCLUSION:

Age itself cannot be considered a contraindication.

PMID:
20436383
DOI:
10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181c62294
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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