Primary decompression should not preclude MIS TLIF, study demonstrates: 4 insights

Written by Shayna Korol | September 06, 2018 | Print  |

Primary decompression does not compromise clinical outcomes in minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion patients, according to a study published in Spine.

Here are four things to know:

1. Study authors reviewed a prospectively-maintained surgical database of patients who underwent a primary or revision one-level MIS TLIF for degenerative spinal pathology between 2014 and 2016.

2. The analysis included 52 patients:

  • 26 underwent primary MIS laminectomy and TLIF
  • 26 underwent MIS TLIF with a revision lumbar decompression

3. Revision and primary MIS TLIF patients experienced similar improvements in patient-reported outcomes at all postoperative time points.

4. Study authors conclude patients should not be precluded from undergoing MIS TLIF based on the having undergone a past lumbar decompression.

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