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World Neurosurg. 2018 Jun;114:e873-e882. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.03.107. Epub 2018 Mar 23.

Transforaminal Endoscopic Decompression for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Novel Surgical Technique and Clinical Outcomes.

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1
Department of Neurosurgery, Wooridul Spine Hospital, Seoul, Korea. Electronic address: anconeus@daum.net.
2
Department of Neurosurgery, Wooridul Spine Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
3
Department of Anesthesiology, Wooridul Spine Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Transforaminal endoscopic treatment has been reported to be an effective treatment option in patients with lumbar disc herniation. However, it is rarely performed for spinal stenosis because of the limitation of endoscopic working mobility caused by the exiting nerve root and foraminous bony structure. The objective of this study was to describe a novel transforaminal endoscopic decompression technique for spinal stenosis and report the clinical results.

METHODS:

From October 2015 to October 2016, 30 consecutive cases were diagnosed as lateral recess stenosis in our institution and underwent transforaminal endoscopic decompression. Visual analog scale (VAS) of back and leg pain and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) were measured preoperatively and at follow-up.

RESULTS:

The mean ± SD value of preoperative VAS leg pain score was 7.6 ± 1.17. The score improved to 2.2 ± 1.11 at 1 week postoperatively, 1.73 ± 0.96 at 4 weeks postoperatively, and 1.63 ± 0.95 at 26 weeks postoperatively (P < 0.01). The mean ± SD value of the preoperative ODI score was 65.69 ± 14.22. The score improved to 24.29 ± 11.89 at 1 week postoperatively, 21.25 ± 9.25 at 4 weeks postoperatively, and 15.62 ± 10.49 at 26 weeks postoperatively (P < 0.01). There were no patients with postoperative infection, dural tear, delayed neurologic deterioration, or conversion to open surgery.

CONCLUSIONS:

Transforaminal endoscopic decompression under local anesthesia could be an effective treatment method for the selected group of patients with spinal stenosis.

KEYWORDS:

Endoscopic; Lateral recess; Stenosis; Transforaminal

PMID:
29581017
DOI:
10.1016/j.wneu.2018.03.107
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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