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J Orthop. 2015 Mar 3;12(3):156-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jor.2015.01.007. eCollection 2015 Sep.

Outpatient minimally invasive spine surgery using endoscopy for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis among obese patients.

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Medical Research Department, Laser Spine Institute, LLC, Florida 33607, United States.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The safety and effectiveness of outpatient endoscopic minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS) for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis among obese patients is not well documented.

METHODS:

Pain, disability, and surgical variables were examined on 41 adult obese patients that underwent lumbar laminotomy and foraminotomy surgeries.

RESULTS:

A significant decrease in pain and disability scores between preoperative and postoperative were found (p-value's < 0.001).

DISCUSSION:

MISS using endoscopy can achieve sufficient decompression that results in a significant reduction in the level of pain and disability among obese patients with minimal blood loss and no complications.

KEYWORDS:

Body mass index (BMI); Body weight; Decompression; Disability; Pain

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