Women fare better after degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis surgery — 5 key takeaways

Written by Shayna Korol | January 23, 2018 | Print  |

Women report greater satisfaction after surgery for degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis, according to a study in the Journal of Neurosurgery.

Here are five things you need to know:


1. The retrospective analysis compared the most- and least-satisfied patients after degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis surgery using data from the Quality Outcomes Database.


2. The most- and least-satisfied patients were identified based on an answer of "1" and "4," respectively, on the North American Spine Society Satisfaction Questionnaire 12 months after the operation. Patient-reported outcome measures were administered at baseline and three and 12 months postoperatively.


3. Between July 2014 and Dec. 2015, 400 patients underwent surgery for grade 1 degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis; 255 — 53.5 percent — were the most satisfied and 26 — 5.5 percent — were the least satisfied.


4. Patients reporting the least satisfaction were more likely to have coronary heart disease or to be obese. Female sex was associated with the most satisfaction.


5. Smoking, psychiatric comorbidity and employment status were not significantly associated with postoperative satisfaction.


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