Study: Disc Disease Severity Doesn't Affect Lumbar Disc Replacement Outcomes

Written by  Heather Linder | Friday, 09 November 2012 19:24
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A study published in the European Spine Journal showed the increasing severity of degenerative disc disease does not impact outcomes in total lumbar disc replacement, according to Doctors Lounge.
Several researchers looked at data from 51 patients and analyzed the degree of degenerative disc disease compared with the patients' pre- and postoperative clinical outcomes.

They found that the postoperative visual analog scale and Oswestry Disability Index scores improved significantly compared with preoperative levels. The extent of DDD was not associated with the patient's symptomatology before surgery.

Also, increasing the stage of DDD did not negatively influence the postoperative clinical outcome parameters following TDR.

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