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doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181c62294
Clinical Case Series

Life Quality After Instrumented Lumbar Fusion in the Elderly

Becker, Philipp MD; Bretschneider, Wolfgang MD; Tuschel, Alexander MD; Ogon, Michael MD

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Study Design. Retrospective cohort study.

Objective. To review the clinical outcome on elderly patients after spinal instrumented fusion.

Summary of Background Data. Although lumbar fusion in elderly patients has increased rapidly, there are only few and conflicting results regarding the clinical outcome.

Methods. This retrospective review evaluated 195 patients aged 70 to 89 who underwent lumbar spinal fusion. All 195 patients had follow-ups after 6 weeks, 1 year, and 2 years, including clinical evaluation as well as visual analog scale score, Oswestry Disability Index, and Short Form health survey.

Results. Elderly patients benefit from spinal fusion. Back and leg pains were initially reduced by >50%, with a slight deterioration over a 2-year period. Pain medication was reduced in 69% of the patients, and 89.7% of the patients were satisfied.

Conclusion. Age itself cannot be considered a contraindication.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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