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Br J Neurosurg. 1994;8(1):47-9.

Results of day-case surgery for lumbar disc prolapse.

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Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, UK.

Abstract

Microdiscectomy for lumbar disc prolapse on a day-patient basis was introduced by our department in 1985 and first reported in 1987, but has not been generally adopted in the United Kingdom. We now report our experience of the first 100 patients with lumbar disc prolapse treated by day-case microdiscectomy. Post-operative assessment was in the out-patient clinic and by subsequent postal questionnaire (average follow-up 37 months, range 3-64 months). Complications were few and are described. Only three patients developed a recurrent disc prolapse. Patient feedback was favourable and the majority (85%) said that, if necessary, they would be prepared to have the operation again on a day-case basis. For selected patients, lumbar microdiscectomy is a suitable procedure for day-case surgery.

PMID:
8011193
DOI:
10.3109/02688699409002392
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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