Complications of open compared to minimally invasive lumbar spine decompression

Publication year: 2011
Source: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 19 July 2011
Patrick, Shih , Albert P., Wong , Timothy R., Smith , Amy I., Lee , Richard G., Fessler
Minimally invasive modalities have demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of neurogenic claudication. Direct comparisons, however, between complication rates of these newer techniques with open surgical techniques for lumbar decompression are lacking. This single-institution study examined neurogenic claudicants between August 2007 and June 2009. A total of 26 patients received open surgical decompression, and 23 patients microendoscopic decompression. Baseline demographic characteristics, peri-operative morbidity and mortality, length of hospital stay, and final disposition following hospitalization were recorded. Morbidity was divided into major and minor categories as defined by degree of requisite intervention and adverse impact on hospital stay. Average age, number of…


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