Study: Lumbar Fusion & Instrumentation Not Connected to More Adjacent Level Reoperation


In a recent study published in Spine, researchers performed a subgroup analysis of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial to determine the risk of same segment or adjacent segment reoperation after lumbar stenosis surgery. The study included 413 patients who underwent surgery for spinal stenosis, 13 percent of which required reoperation within four years.

The study could not link any particular patient characteristics, lumbar fusion or instrumentation to the rate of reoperation. It was concluded that reoperation may be due to the natural history of degenerative spinal diseases.

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