Cost-effectiveness of multilevel hemilaminectomy for lumbar stenosis–associated radiculopathy

Cost-effectiveness of multilevel hemilaminectomy for lumbar stenosis–associated radiculopathy

Publication year: 2011
Source: The Spine Journal, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 8 June 2011
Scott L., Parker , Erin C., Fulchiero , Brandon J., Davis , Owoicho, Adogwa , Oran S., Aaronson , …
Background context: Laminectomy for lumbar stenosis–associated radiculopathy is associated with improvement in pain, disability, and quality of life. However, given rising health-care costs, attention has been turned to question the cost-effectiveness of lumbar decompressive procedures. The cost-effectiveness of multilevel hemilaminectomy for radiculopathy remains unclear. Purpose: To assess the comprehensive medical and societal costs of multilevel hemilaminectomy at our institution and determine its cost-effectiveness in the treatment of degenerative lumbar stenosis. Study design: Prospective single cohort study. Patient sample: Fifty-four consecutive patients undergoing multilevel hemilaminectomy for lumbar stenosis–associated radiculopathy after at least 6 months of failed conservative therapy were included. Outcome measures: Self-reported measures were assessed using an outcomes questionnaire…

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