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  1. Minimal Invasive Decompression for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

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    Victor Popov

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common condition in elderly patients and may lead to progressive back and leg pain, muscular weakness, sensory disturbance, and/or problems with ambulation. Multiple studies suggest that surgical decompression is an effective therapy for patients with symptomatic lumbar stenosis. Although traditional lumbar decompression is a time-honored procedure, minimally invasive procedures are now available which can achieve the goals of decompression with less bleeding, smaller incisions, and quicker patient recovery. This paper will review the technique of performing ipsilateral and bilateral decompressions using a tubular retractor system and microscope.

  2. Technical advances in minimally invasive surgery: direct decompression for lumbar spinal stenosis.

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    Lauryssen, Carl

    2010-12-15

    Literature review, technique overview, prospective and retrospective data analysis. To review current minimally invasive surgery (MIS) methods of decompression for lumbar spinal stenosis and present a decompression technique using a flexible microblade shaver system. Several MIS decompression techniques for stenosis have been developed to minimize damage to soft tissues and reduce the amount of posterior element resection. Decompression using linearly configured instruments may not be able to adequately address stenosis in the neural foramen. A flexible microblade shaver system is able to traverse the foramen, removing bone and ligament, using a ventral to dorsal approach, rather than medial to lateral. This enables it to effectively decompress the lateral recess and neural foramen while sparing posterior structures. Brief literature review of current MIS decompression techniques is presented. MIS decompression using a flexible microblade shaver system is described with 1 year outcomes from a small pilot study and a retrospective chart review at 2 centers. A small postmarket pilot study (n = 9) with 1 year results showed positive patient outcomes using Visual Analog Scale (decrease by 73%), Oswestry Disability Index(50% improvement), Zurich Claudication Questionnaire physical function and symptom severity (improved by 72% and 31%, respectively), and Short-Form 36 (SF-36) Physical Component Score (36% improvement). Sixty-seven patients from a retrospective chart review at 2 centers had an average of 2 levels per patient decompressed using a flexible microblade shaver system. No patient has returned for additional surgery and there have been no cases of neurologic impairment. Current decompression techniques may result in inadequate decompression of the neural foramen or excessive resection of the facet joint. MIS decompression using a flexible microblade shaver system represents a way to perform an effective, facet-preserving decompression for patients with lumbar

  3. Economic impact of minimally invasive lumbar surgery

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    Hofstetter, Christoph P; Hofer, Anna S; Wang, Michael Y

    2015-01-01

    Cost effectiveness has been demonstrated for traditional lumbar discectomy, lumbar laminectomy as well as for instrumented and noninstrumented arthrodesis. While emerging evidence suggests that minimally invasive spine surgery reduces morbidity, duration of hospitalization, and accelerates return to activites of daily living, data regarding cost effectiveness of these novel techniques is limited. The current study analyzes all available data on minimally invasive techniques for lumbar discectomy, decompression, short-segment fusion and deformity surgery. In general, minimally invasive spine procedures appear to hold promise in quicker patient recovery times and earlier return to work. Thus, minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery appears to have the potential to be a cost-effective intervention. Moreover, novel less invasive procedures are less destabilizing and may therefore be utilized in certain indications that traditionally required arthrodesis procedures. However, there is a lack of studies analyzing the economic impact of minimally invasive spine surgery. Future studies are necessary to confirm the durability and further define indications for minimally invasive lumbar spine procedures. PMID:25793159

  4. Treatment of lumbar disc herniation by percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD) and modified PLDD

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    Chi, Xiao fei; Li, Hong zhi; Wu, Ru zhou; Sui, Yun xian

    2005-07-01

    Objective: To study the micro-invasive operative method and to compare the effect of treatment of PLDD and modified PLDD for Lumbar Disc Herniation. Method: Vaporized part of the nucleus pulposus in single or multiple point after acupuncture into lumbar disc, to reach the purpose of the decompression of the lumbar disc. Result: Among the 19 cases of the regular PLDD group, the excellent and good rate was 63.2%, and among the 40 cases of the modified PLDD group, the excellent and good rate was 82.5%. Conclusion: The modified PLDD has good effect on the treatment for lumbar disc herniation.

  5. Transforaminal Endoscopic Decompression for Displaced End Plate Fracture After Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Technical Note.

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    Wagner, Ralf; Telfeian, Albert E; Krzok, Guntram; Iprenburg, Menno

    2017-10-01

    Lateral lumbar interbody fusion is a minimally invasive approach to anterior spinal column fusion, deformity correction, and indirect decompression of the lumbar spine. A rarely reported possible complication of the procedure is end plate fracture, which has the potential for nerve root compression. Here we present a case of end plate fracture and nerve compression after stand-alone lateral lumbar interbody fusion, its diagnosis, and its subsequent successful treatment with transforaminal endoscopic spine surgery. The case highlights the possible role for minimally invasive endoscopic surgery as a rescue procedure after fusion complication. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Minimally invasive procedures on the lumbar spine

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    Skovrlj, Branko; Gilligan, Jeffrey; Cutler, Holt S; Qureshi, Sheeraz A

    2015-01-01

    Degenerative disease of the lumbar spine is a common and increasingly prevalent condition that is often implicated as the primary reason for chronic low back pain and the leading cause of disability in the western world. Surgical management of lumbar degenerative disease has historically been approached by way of open surgical procedures aimed at decompressing and/or stabilizing the lumbar spine. Advances in technology and surgical instrumentation have led to minimally invasive surgical techniques being developed and increasingly used in the treatment of lumbar degenerative disease. Compared to the traditional open spine surgery, minimally invasive techniques require smaller incisions and decrease approach-related morbidity by avoiding muscle crush injury by self-retaining retractors, preventing the disruption of tendon attachment sites of important muscles at the spinous processes, using known anatomic neurovascular and muscle planes, and minimizing collateral soft-tissue injury by limiting the width of the surgical corridor. The theoretical benefits of minimally invasive surgery over traditional open surgery include reduced blood loss, decreased postoperative pain and narcotics use, shorter hospital length of stay, faster recover and quicker return to work and normal activity. This paper describes the different minimally invasive techniques that are currently available for the treatment of degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. PMID:25610845

  7. Surgical decompression for lumbar stenosis in pediatric achondroplasia.

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    Baca, Kirsten E; Abdullah, Madeel A; Ting, Beverlie L; Schkrohowsky, Joshua G; Hoernschemeyer, Daniel G; Carson, Benjamin S; Ain, Michael C

    2010-01-01

    Spinal stenosis is a common complication of achondroplasia. To our knowledge, no study has evaluated a greater than 2-year outcome after surgical intervention for spinal stenosis in such children or compared decompression with and without instrumentation in relation to revision surgery. Our purpose was to assess the efficacy of lumbar decompression and instrumentation for symptomatic stenosis in children with achondroplasia. We retrospectively reviewed our institution's database to identify children (achondroplasia undergoing initial spinal decompression for lumbar stenosis from 1995 through 2003. We identified 18 such patients and reviewed their medical records for demographic data, presenting signs and symptoms, and treatment and outcome data. Mean follow-up was 72.0+/-27.6 months. We determined each patient's symptom score (SS) based on presence of leg weakness, numbness, or pain; abnormal reflexes; incontinence; and walking intolerance (unable to walk > or =5 blocks). Each finding was scored 1 point (6 points maximum). Nine patients requiring revision surgery were assigned a revision postoperative SS. All patients were contacted at the end of data collection and assigned a final follow-up SS. Baseline SS values were compared with postoperative, revision postoperative, and final follow-up scores using a paired t test (alpha=0.05). The mean preoperative and final SS values were significantly different: 4.0+/-0.9 (most common symptoms, leg weakness and incontinence) and 1.6+/-1.7 (most common symptom, leg weakness), respectively. Nine patients underwent decompression with instrumentation initially; 9 did not; 7 of the latter required instrumentation during revision; and 2 of the former also required revision. Those without initial instrumentation were 3.5 times more likely (odds ratio=12.3) to require revision. Surgical decompression with instrumentation significantly reduced the symptoms of lumbar stenosis and the likelihood of revision surgery in children with

  8. Minimally Invasive Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion with Spinal Endoscope Assistance: Technical Note.

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    Heo, Dong Hwa; Choi, Won Suh; Park, Choon-Keun; Kim, Jin-Sung

    2016-12-01

    The purpose of this report is to describe the surgical methodology and effectiveness of minimally invasive oblique lumbar interbody fusion (OLIF) assisted by spinal endoscopy, which can treat disk herniation from the central to contralateral foramen. OLIF showed indirect decompression effects on reduction of spondylolisthesis and a foraminal widening effect on disk height restoration. In this study, the indirect decompression effect of OLIF was augmented by direct endoscopic decompression and spinal endoscopy for removal of herniated disk materials. Twelve patients with confirmed degenerative lumbar stenosis, herniated lumbar disks, and degenerative spondylolisthesis were treated using OLIF with spinal endoscopic discectomy. Direct ventral decompression was achieved by removal of herniated disk materials. The symptoms of all patients improved postoperatively. OLIF with spinal endoscopic discectomy can achieve neural decompression without additional posterior decompression and can be used as an alternative treatment in selected cases. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Bilateral decompression of multilevel lumbar spinal stenosis through a unilateral approach.

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    Haba, Katsuhiko; Ikeda, Masato; Soma, Mariko; Yamashima, Tetsumori

    2005-02-01

    Lumbar canal stenosis due to hypertrophy and calcification of the facet joints and/or ligamentum flavum is a common condition in the elderly. Although a large number of individuals are symptom-free, the degenerative process, usually encroaching on both central and lateral pathways, may lead to symptoms of itself or decompensate a preexisting narrow canal. Even at an advanced age, decompression surgery is effective for symptomatic stenosis. Less invasive procedures preserving maximal bony and ligamentous structures have recently been recommended to reduce associated morbidity. This paper introduces a unilateral surgical approach for bilateral decompression by ligamentectomy, partial facetectomy and foraminal unroofing. Using a specially designed, one-side retractor, after the ipsilateral nerve root decompression the contralateral dural sac and nerve roots were approached through an 8 x 15 mm window in the interspinous ligament. The contralateral ligamentum flavum, facet joints and foraminal roof were resected, preserving the supraspinous ligament complex and much of the contralateral musculature. This technique, preserving anatomy and biomechanical function of the lumbar spine, is useful for surgery on multilevel lumbar canal stenoses.

  10. Cortical blindness following posterior lumbar decompression and fusion.

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    Agarwal, Nitin; Hansberry, David R; Goldstein, Ira M

    2014-01-01

    Perioperative vision loss following non-ocular surgery is a well-documented phenomenon. In particular, perioperative vision loss has been frequently cited following spinal surgery. Although the rate of vision compromise in spinal surgery is relatively low, the consequences can be quite severe and devastating for the patient. We report a 60-year-old woman who initially presented with back and left leg pain as well as paraparesis. Imaging studies of the lumbar spine showed bony erosion consistent with tumor infiltration of the L3 and L4 spinal segments. Laminectomy at the L2-L4 levels for decompression of the intraspinal tumor was performed. Pathology of the resected bone was consistent with metastatic adenocarincoma. Postoperatively, the patient suffered severe anemia and bilateral infarctions of the posterior cerebral arteries and occipital lobes resulting in vision compromise. Although a definitive pathogenesis remains unknown, preoperative cardiovascular issues and intraoperative hemodynamic instabilities have typically been implicated as high risk factors. High risk factors for this novel clinical presentation of visual compromise following posterior lumbar laminectomy with decompression for an intraspinal tumor are reported.

  11. [Results of decompressive-stabilizing procedures via unilateral approach in lumbar spinal stenosis].

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    Krut'ko, A V

    2012-01-01

    Aim of this study was to investigate the capabilities, advantages and limitations of bilateral decompression via unilateral approach in decompressive-stabilizing procedures in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disease, and to develop the technology and its technical performance. The controlled study included 372 patients (age range was 27-74 years). All of them were operated due to clinical manifestation of lumbar spinal stenosis. The main group consisted of 44 patients who underwent bilateral decompression via unilateral approach with stabilization of involved segments. The control group included 328 patients who were operated using standard bilateral technique with stabilization. A total of 52 segments were treated in the first group and 351 in the second one. In all patients with neurogenic intermittent claudication symptoms relieved after decompressive-stabilizing surgery. Analysis of duration of surgery (considering 1 segment) demonstrated that less invasive technique requires as much time as conventional. However mean intraoperative blood loss in the first group was twice as low as the second. Neither patient from the first group required hemotransfusion while in the second group in 57 (17.4%) cases hemotransfusion was performed due to blood loss. In the early postoperative period in both groups intensity of pain (according to VAS) gradually decreased. Mean hospital stay was 9.9 +/- 3.1 day in the main group and 14.7 +/- 4.7 days in the control group. Bilateral spinal canal decompression via unilateral approach decreases surgical trauma, blood loss, complication rate and hospital stay. Postoperative results are comparable with conventional technique.

  12. 微创腰椎后路减压融合术与传统全椎板切除术治疗腰椎管狭窄的对照研究%Control study on minimally invasive posterior lumbar decompression and fusion and traditional total laminectomy for lumbar spinal stenosis

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    周波; 王强

    2013-01-01

    Objective To compare the therapeutic effect and clinical application value of minimally invasive posterior lumbar decompression and fusion and traditional total laminectomy in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis.Methods One hundred and thirty-eight patients with lumbar spinal stenosis were divided into observation group (n =68) and control group (n =70).The observation group was given minimally invasive lumbar posterior dencompression and fusion,while the control group was given traditional total laminectomy treatment.The operation situation,visual analogue scale (VAS),oswestry disability index (ODI),Japanese orthopaedic association (JOA) score and incidence of postoperative adverse reactions in two groups were compared.Results The bleeding amount during operation,incision length,hospital stays in the observation group were significantly lower than those in the control group (P < 0.01).The reducing degree of VAS and ODI in the observation group were significantly larger than those in the control group (P < 0.01).The incidences of adverse reaction in both groups had no significant difference (P >0.05).Conclusion Minimally invasive lumbar posterior decompression and fusion in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis has small trauma,less bleeding,specific curative effect,lower postoperative pain and reduced operation risk and complications,so it is worthy of clinical application.%目的 比较微创腰椎后路减压融合术与传统全椎板切除术治疗腰椎管狭窄的疗效及临床应用价值.方法 将138例腰椎管狭窄患者随机分为观察组68例及对照组70例.观察组给予微创腰椎后路减压融合术治疗,对照组给予传统全椎板切除术治疗.比较2组手术情况、视觉模拟评分(VAS)、Oswestry功能障碍指数(ODI)、日本骨科学会(JOA)评-及术后不良反应发生率.结果 观察组术中出血量、手术切口长度及住院时间均显著小于对照组(P<0.01).观察组VAS及ODI降低

  13. Interspinous Process Decompression: Expanding Treatment Options for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

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    Pierce D. Nunley

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Interspinous process decompression is a minimally invasive implantation procedure employing a stand-alone interspinous spacer that functions as an extension blocker to prevent compression of neural elements without direct surgical removal of tissue adjacent to the nerves. The Superion® spacer is the only FDA approved stand-alone device available in the US. It is also the only spacer approved by the CMS to be implanted in an ambulatory surgery center. We computed the within-group effect sizes from the Superion IDE trial and compared them to results extrapolated from two randomized trials of decompressive laminectomy. For the ODI, effect sizes were all very large (>1.0 for Superion and laminectomy at 2, 3, and 4 years. For ZCQ, the 2-year Superion symptom severity (1.26 and physical function (1.29 domains were very large; laminectomy effect sizes were very large (1.07 for symptom severity and large for physical function (0.80. Current projections indicate a marked increase in the number of patients with spinal stenosis. Consequently, there remains a keen interest in minimally invasive treatment options that delay or obviate the need for invasive surgical procedures, such as decompressive laminectomy or fusion. Stand-alone interspinous spacers may fill a currently unmet treatment gap in the continuum of care and help to reduce the burden of this chronic degenerative condition on the health care system.

  14. Clinical study of bilateral decompression via vertebral lamina fenestration for lumbar interbody fusion in the treatment of lower lumbar instability

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    Guo, Shuguang; Sun, Junying; TANG, GENLIN

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to observe the clinical effects of bilateral decompression via vertebral lamina fenestration for lumbar interbody fusion in the treatment of lower lumbar instability. The 48 patients comprised 27 males and 21 females, aged 47–72 years. Three cases had first and second degree lumbar spondylolisthesis and all received bilateral vertebral lamina fenestration for posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) using a threaded fusion cage (TFC), which maintains the three-column...

  15. Financial incentives for lumbar surgery: a critical analysis of physician reimbursement for decompression and fusion procedures.

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    Whang, Peter G; Lim, Moe R; Sasso, Rick C; Skelton, Alta; Brown, Zoe B; Greg Anderson, David; Albert, Todd J; Hilibrand, Alan S; Vaccaro, Alexander R

    2008-08-01

    Retrospective case-control study/economic analysis. To determine the treatment times required for isolated lumbar decompressions and for combined decompression and instrumented fusion procedures to compare the relative reimbursements for each type of operation as a function of time expenditure by the surgeon. Under current Medicare fee schedules, the payment for a fusion procedure is higher than of an isolated decompression. It has been recently suggested in the lay press that the greater reimbursement for a lumbar arthrodesis may inappropriately influence the manner in which surgeons elect to treat lumbar degenerative conditions, resulting in what they believe to be a substantial number of unnecessary spinal fusions. A consecutive series of 50 single-level decompression cases performed by single surgeon were retrospectively analyzed and compared with an equivalent cohort of subjects who underwent single-level decompression and instrumented posterolateral fusion with autogenous iliac crest bone grafting. The operative reports, office charts, and billing records were reviewed to determine the total clinical time invested by the surgeon and the Medicare reimbursement for each surgery. Relative to the corresponding values of the decompression group, combined decompression and fusion procedures were associated with a longer mean surgical time (134.6 min vs. 47.3 min, Pundue financial incentive to recommend a combined decompression and instrumented fusion procedure over an isolated decompression to patients with symptomatic lumbar degeneration, especially when considering the greater time, effort, and risk characteristic of this more complex operation.

  16. Microscopic lumbar spinal stenosis decompression: is surgical education safe?

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    Joswig, Holger; Hock, Carolin; Hildebrandt, Gerhard; Schaller, Karl; Stienen, Martin N

    2016-02-01

    Acquiring operative skills in the course of a structured neurosurgery residency training program is vital to safely operating on patients autonomously upon board certification. We tested the hypothesis that the complication rates and outcome of microscopic lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) decompression done by supervised residents are not inferior to those of board-certified faculty neurosurgeons (BCFNs). Retrospective single-center study performed at a Swiss teaching hospital comparing consecutive patients undergoing surgery for LSS by a supervised neurosurgery resident (teaching cases) to a consecutive series of patients operated on by a BCFN (non-teaching cases). The primary endpoint was occurrence of complications during surgery. Secondary endpoints were patients' clinical outcomes 4 weeks after surgery, categorized into a binary responder and non-responder variable, occurrence of postoperative complications, need for re-do surgery, and clinical outcome until the last follow-up (FU). In a total of n = 471 operations, n = 194 (41.2 %) were teaching cases and n = 277 (58.8 %) non-teaching cases. A longer operation time (single-level procedures: mean 100.0 vs. 83.2 min, p teaching cases, while estimated blood loss was equal (single-level procedures: mean 109.9 vs. 117.0 ml, p = 0.409). In multivariate analysis, supervised residents were as likely as BCFNs to have an intraoperative complication (OR 0.92, 95 % CI 0.41-2.04, p = 0.835). They were as likely as BCFNs to achieve a favorable 4-week response to surgery (OR 1.82, 95 % CI 0.79-4.15, p = 0.155). Until final FU, the likelihood for patients in the teaching group to suffer from postoperative complications (OR 1.07, 95 % CI 0.46-2.49, p = 0.864) or require re-do surgery (OR 0.68, 95 % CI 0.31-1.52, p = 0.358) was similar to that of the non-teaching group. Complication rates and short- and mid-term outcomes following LSS decompression were comparable for patients operated on by

  17. Minimally invasive percutaneous posterior lumbar interbody fusion.

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    Khoo, Larry T; Palmer, Sylvain; Laich, Daniel T; Fessler, Richard G

    2002-11-01

    The wide exposure required for a standard posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) can cause unnecessary trauma to the lumbar musculoligamentous complex. By combining existing microendoscopic, percutaneous instrumentation and interbody technologies, a novel, minimally invasive, percutaneous PLIF technique was developed to minimize such iatrogenic tissue injury (MIP-PLIF). The MIP-PLIF technique was validated in three cadaveric torsos with six motion segments decompressed and fused. Preoperative variables measured from imaging included interpedicular distance, pedicular height and width, interspinous distance, lordosis, intervertebral height, Cobb angle, and foraminal height and volume. Using the METRx and MD spinal access systems (Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Memphis, TN), bilateral laminotomies were performed using a hybrid of microsurgical and microendoscopic techniques. The intervertebral disc spaces were then distracted and prepared with the Tangent (Medtronic Sofamor Danek) interbody instruments. Either a 10 or 12 by 22 mm interbody graft was then placed. Using the Sextant (Medtronic Sofamor Danek) system, percutaneous pedicle screw-rod fixation of the motion segment was completed. We then applied MIP-PLIF in three patients. For segments with preoperative intervertebral/foraminal height loss, MIP-PLIF was effective in restoring both heights in all cases. The amount of improvement (9.7 to 38% disc height increase; 7.7 to 29.9% foraminal height increase) varied directly with the size of the graft used and the original degree of disc and foraminal height loss. Segmental lordosis improved by 29% on average. Graft and screw placement was accurate in the cadavers, except for a single Grade 1 screw violation of one pedicle. The average operative time was 3.5 hours per level. In our three clinical cases, the MIP-PLIF procedure required a mean of 5.4 hours, estimated blood loss was 185 ml, and inpatient stay was 2.8 days, with no intravenous narcotic use after 2 days in

  18. Clinical study of bilateral decompression via vertebral lamina fenestration for lumbar interbody fusion in the treatment of lower lumbar instability.

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    Guo, Shuguang; Sun, Junying; Tang, Genlin

    2013-03-01

    The aim of this study was to observe the clinical effects of bilateral decompression via vertebral lamina fenestration for lumbar interbody fusion in the treatment of lower lumbar instability. The 48 patients comprised 27 males and 21 females, aged 47-72 years. Three cases had first and second degree lumbar spondylolisthesis and all received bilateral vertebral lamina fenestration for posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) using a threaded fusion cage (TFC), which maintains the three-column spinal stability. Attention was given to ensure the correct pre-operative fenestration, complete decompression and the prevention of adhesions. After an average follow-up of 26.4 months, the one year post-operative X-ray radiographs suggested that the successful fusion rate was 88.1%, and this was 100% in the two-year post-operative radiographs. Moreover, the functional recovery rate was 97.9%. Bilateral vertebral lamina fenestration for lumbar interbody fusion is an ideal surgical method for the treatment of lower lumbar instability. The surgical method retains the spinal posterior column and middle column and results in full decompression and reliable fusion by a limited yet effective surgical approach.

  19. Interspinous spacer decompression (X-STOP) for lumbar spinal stenosis and degenerative disk disease: a multicenter study with a minimum 3-year follow-up.

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    Puzzilli, Fabrizio; Gazzeri, Roberto; Galarza, Marcelo; Neroni, Massimiliano; Panagiotopoulos, Konstantinos; Bolognini, Andrea; Callovini, Giorgio; Agrillo, Umberto; Alfieri, Alex

    2014-09-01

    Interspinous distraction devices provide an effective treatment for patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis and/or degenerative disk disease. The aim of this multicenter study was the prospective evaluation of patients treated for symptomatic lumbar spinal stenosis with interspinous process decompression (IPD) implants compared with a population of patients managed with conservative treatment. 542 patients affected by symptomatic lumbar spine degenerative disease were enrolled in a controlled trial. 422 patients underwent surgical treatment consisting of X-STOP device implantation, whereas 120 control cases were managed conservatively. Both patient groups underwent follow-up evaluations at 6, 12, 24, and 36 months using the Zurich Claudication Questionnaire, the Visual Analog Scale score and spinal lumbar X-rays, CT scans and MR imaging. One-year follow-up evaluation revealed positive good results in the 83.5% of patients treated with IPD with respect to 50% of the nonoperative group cases. During the first three years, in 38 out of the 120 control cases, a posterior decompression and/or spinal fixation was performed because of unsatisfactory results of the conservative therapy. In 24 of 422 patients, the IPD device had to be removed, and a decompression and/or pedicle screw fixation was performed because of the worsening of neurological symptoms. Our results support the effectiveness of surgery in patients with stenosis. IPD may offer an effective and less invasive alternative to classical microsurgical posterior decompression in selected patients with spinal stenosis and lumbar degenerative disk diseases.

  20. IMPACT OF SPINAL DECOMPRESSION ON PAIN IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC LUMBAR DISC PROLAPSE

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    Salwa R. El-Gendy

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: DRX9000 spinal decompression is slightly known for treating chronic lumbar disc prolapse. The aim of the study was to examine the effectiveness of DRX9000spinal decompression on pain in chroniclumbar disc prolapse (CLDP. Methods: twenty male subjects with chronic lumbar disc prolapse,aged between 40:60 years were included in the study. They were assessed forpain intensity byslump test,straight leg raising test (SLR,modified Oswestery questionnaire (OQ and visual analogue scale (VAS. The study continued forsix weeks, the 20 patients were equally divided into two groups. Group A (experimental received spinal decompression, stability and McKenzie exercises; and ice, at a rate of 3 days per week, the duration of each session was 60 minutes. While group B (control were treated by exercises and ice only. Results: Majority of patients had positive findings in reducing pain clinically; however, statistically there was no significant difference. Conclusion: It can be concluded that spinal decompression has an effect, but not statistically significant in decreasing pain on patients with lumbar disc prolapse. This may be due to limited number of patients. We can recommend increasing the sample size to generalize the results, MRI scan follow up should be done after one year to determine if the effects are permanent or transient, comparing the effects of decompression between acute & chronic cases of lumbar disc prolapse, also male & female patients.

  1. Clinical outcomes of microendoscopic decompressive laminotomy for degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis.

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    Pao, Jwo-Luen; Chen, Wein-Chin; Chen, Po-Quang

    2009-05-01

    The goal of surgical treatment for degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is to effectively relieve the neural structures by various decompressive techniques. Microendoscopic decompressive laminotomy (MEDL) is an attractive option because of its minimally invasive nature. The aim of prospective study was to investigate the effectiveness of MEDL by evaluating the clinical outcomes with patient-oriented scoring systems. Sixty consecutive patients receiving MEDL between December 2005 and April 2007 were enrolled. The indications of surgery were moderate to severe stenosis, persistent neurological symptoms, and failure of conservative treatment. The patients with mechanical back pain, more than grade I spondylolisthesis, or radiographic signs of instability were not included. A total of 53 patients (36 women and 17 men, mean age 62.0) were included. Forty-five patients (84.9%) were satisfied with the treatment result after a follow-up period of 15.7 months (12-24). The clinical outcomes were evaluated with the Oswestry disability index (ODI) and the Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA) score. Of the 50 patients providing sufficient data for analysis, the ODI improved from 64.3 +/- 20.0 to 16.7 +/- 20.0. The JOA score improved from 9.4 +/- 6.1 to 24.2 +/- 6.0. The improvement rate was 73.9 +/- 30.7% and 40 patients (80%) had good or excellent results. There were 11 surgical complications: dural tear in 5, wrong level operation in 2, and transient neuralgia in 4 patients. No wound-related complication was noted. Although the prevalence of pre-operative comorbidities was very high (69.8%), there was no serious medical complication. There was no post-operative instability at the operated segment as evaluated with dynamic radiographs at final follow-up. We concluded that MEDL is a safe and very effective minimally invasive technique for degenerative LSS. With an appropriate patient selection, the risk of post-operative instability is minimal.

  2. Quality of life after surgical decompression of lumbar spinal stenosis with and without instrumentation.

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    Grivas, Theodoros B; Vasiliadis, Elias; Papadakis, Stamatios A; Mouzakis, Vasilios; Segos, Dimitrios

    2006-01-01

    The aim is to evaluate the influence on quality of life of surgical decompression with and without instrumentation in lumbar spinal stenosis. Twenty three patients, (16 women, 7 men) with a mean age of 62,8 years old (range 44-80) who underwent a surgical decompression for lumbar spinal stenosis filled the SF-36 questionnaire pre- and postoperatively, during the follow up period which was at a mean value of 42 months (range 6 to 50 months). Spinal stenosis was degenerative in 18 patients and as a consequence of spondylolisthisis in 5. In 15 patients decompression and fusion using instrumentation (group I) was performed and in 8 patients only decompression was performed (group II). Statistical analysis was carried out using the Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test. In group I, the domains that evidenced statistical significant improvement were bodily pain (p<0,041), general health (p<0,042), vitality (p<0,042), social functioning (p<0,043), and mental health (p<0,042). Not any specific domain in group II showed a statistical significant improvement postoperatively. Comparing the two groups overall SF-36 score, a statistical significant improvement was noted for group I (p<0,001) and for group II (p<0,017). The statistical significance of improvement was stronger in patients of group I than group II. Surgical decompression for lumbar spinal stenosis reduces pain and restores significantly physical and mental health. Decompression and instrumentation presents superior results in patients' quality of life when compared to patients that single decompression was performed.

  3. Effectiveness of percutaneous laser disc decompression versus conventional open discectomy in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation; design of a prospective randomized controlled trial

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    Koes Bart W; Arts Mark P; Brand Ronald; Peul Wilco C; Brouwer Patrick A; Berg Annette; van Buchem Mark A

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background The usual surgical treatment of refractory sciatica caused by lumbar disc herniation, is open discectomy. Minimally invasive procedures, including percutaneous therapies under local anesthesia, are increasingly gaining attention. One of these treatments is Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression (PLDD). This treatment can be carried out in an outpatient setting and swift recovery and return to daily routine are suggested. Thus far, no randomized trial into cost-effectiveness...

  4. Effect of spinal decompression on the lumbar muscle activity and disk height in patients with herniated intervertebral disk

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    Kang, Jeong-il; Jeong, Dae-Keun; Choi, Hyun

    2016-01-01

    [Purpose] This study was conducted to clarify the difference in therapeutic effects between traction and decompression therapies, and their clinical therapeutic significance. [Subjects and Methods] The subjects were 31 patients aged 35 to 50 years who had unilateral or bilateral lumbar and radicular leg pain. An intervention program was implemented in 31 patients with lumbar herniated intervertebral disks. For the experimental group, 15 subjects were randomly selected to receive decompression...

  5. Sudden progression of lumbar disk protrusion during vertebral axial decompression traction therapy.

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    Deen, H Gordon; Rizzo, Thomas D; Fenton, Douglas S

    2003-12-01

    Vertebral axial decompression (VAX-D) is a form of spinal traction that is widely promoted as an effective and safe treatment of degenerated and herniated lumbar intervertebral disks. Information targeted at the general public emphasizes that the treatment is completely risk-free. We describe a patient with a large lumbar disk protrusion who experienced sudden, severe exacerbation of radicular pain during a VAX-D therapy session. Follow-up magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar region showed marked enlargement of the disk protrusion, and urgent microdiskectomy was required. To our knowledge, this is the first reported complication of VAX-D therapy. This case shows that VAX-D therapy has the potential to cause sudden deterioration requiring urgent surgical intervention.

  6. Endoscopic decompression combined with interspinous process implant fusion for lumbar spinal stenosis

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    LIU Gang; ZHAO Jian-ning; Akira Dezawa

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To propose a new technique to treat lumbar spinal stenosis with median approach endoscopic decompression combined with interspinous process implant fusion and evaluate the initial clinical outcome. Methods: This study involved 30 patients who had neurogenic commitment claudication over 2 years and were resistant to conservative therapy. All cases were treated using the median approach endoscopic decompression combined with interspinous process implant fusion in 21306. Clinical signs and radicular pain were noted and evaluated preoperatively and at the 1st month and 3rd month postoperatively. Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA) score was used to evaluate leg and back pain. X-ray films at flexion and extension were applied to evaluate the range of motion at involved segments. Results: There was a significant increase in JOA score postoperatively, but no significant difference preoperatively or postoperatively between the two groups.The range of motion at involved segments was significantly higher in the control group. Conclusions: The median approach endoscopic decom-pression is an ideal method for bilateral radicuiopathy result-ing from lumbar spinal canal stenosis. The combination with interspinous process implant fusion can stabilize the spine. The initial clinical outcome is exUent. Preservation of adjacent level disease can be assessed only in long-term follow-up.

  7. Efficacy and Safety of Low Molecular Weight Heparin Prophylaxis for Venous Thromboembolism Following Lumbar Decompression Surgery

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    Zhi-jian Sun; Xiang Li; Yu Zhao; Giu-xing Qiu; Yi-peng Wang; Xi-sheng Weng; Hong Zhao; Jian-xiong Shen; Yu Jiang; Ye Li

    2011-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the efficacy and safety of low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) prophylaris for venous thromboembolism (VTE) after lumbar decompression surgery.Methods Patients at high or the highest risk of VTE who underwent lumbar spine surgery in Peking Union Medical College Hospital from January 2004 to April 2011 were included in the present study.All the patients received a half dose of LMWH 6 hours after surgery followed by a full dose LMWH once per day until discharge.We recorded incidences of deep venous thrombosis (DVT),pulmonary embolism (PE),bleeding complications,and medication side effects.Results Seventy-eight consecutive patients were eligible and enrolled in this study.The mean hospital stat was 8.5+4.5 days.No symptomatic DVT,PE,or major bleeding events were observed.One patient developed wound ecchymosis,another developed wound bleeding,four had mild hepatic aminotransferase level elevation,and one developed a suspicious allergic reaction.Conclusion LMWH may be applied as an effective and safe prophylaxis for VTE in high-risk patients undergoing lumbar decompression surgery.

  8. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Minimally Invasive Treatment with Bilateral Transpedicular Facet Augmentation System

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    Masala, Salvatore, E-mail: salva.masala@tiscali.it [Interventional Radiology and Radiotherapy, University of Rome ' Tor Vergata' , Department of Diagnostic and Molecular Imaging (Italy); Tarantino, Umberto [University of Rome ' Tor Vergata' , Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (Italy); Nano, Giovanni, E-mail: gionano@gmail.com [Interventional Radiology and Radiotherapy, University of Rome ' Tor Vergata' , Department of Diagnostic and Molecular Imaging (Italy); Iundusi, Riccardo [University of Rome ' Tor Vergata' , Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (Italy); Fiori, Roberto, E-mail: fiori.r@libero.it; Da Ros, Valerio, E-mail: valeriodaros@hotmail.com; Simonetti, Giovanni [Interventional Radiology and Radiotherapy, University of Rome ' Tor Vergata' , Department of Diagnostic and Molecular Imaging (Italy)

    2013-06-15

    Purpose. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a new pedicle screw-based posterior dynamic stabilization device PDS Percudyn System Trade-Mark-Sign Anchor and Stabilizer (Interventional Spine Inc., Irvine, CA) as alternative minimally invasive treatment for patients with lumbar spine stenosis. Methods. Twenty-four consecutive patients (8 women, 16 men; mean age 61.8 yr) with lumbar spinal stenosis underwent implantation of the minimally invasive pedicle screw-based device for posterior dynamic stabilization. Inclusion criteria were lumbar stenosis without signs of instability, resistant to conservative treatment, and eligible to traditional surgical posterior decompression. Results. Twenty patients (83 %) progressively improved during the 1-year follow-up. Four (17 %) patients did not show any improvement and opted for surgical posterior decompression. For both responder and nonresponder patients, no device-related complications were reported. Conclusions. Minimally invasive PDS Percudyn System Trade-Mark-Sign has effectively improved the clinical setting of 83 % of highly selected patients treated, delaying the need for traditional surgical therapy.

  9. Posterior-Only Circumferential Decompression and Reconstruction in the Surgical Management of Lumbar Vertebral Osteomyelitis

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    Skovrlj, Branko; Guzman, Javier Z.; Caridi, John; Cho, Samuel K.

    2015-01-01

    Study Design Case report. Objective The purpose of this report is to discuss the surgical management of lumbar vertebral osteomyelitis with a spinal epidural abscess (SEA) and present a single-stage, posterior-only circumferential decompression and reconstruction with instrumentation using an expandable titanium cage and without segmental nerve root sacrifice as an option in the treatment of this disease process. Methods We report a 42-year-old man who presented with 3 days of low back pain and chills who rapidly decompensated with severe sepsis following admission. Magnetic resonance imaging of his lumbosacral spine revealed intramuscular abscesses of the left paraspinal musculature and iliopsoas with SEA and L4 vertebral body involvement. The patient failed maximal medical treatment, which necessitated surgical treatment as a last resort for infectious source control. He underwent a previously undescribed procedure in the setting of SEA: a single-stage, posterior-only approach for circumferential decompression and reconstruction of the L4 vertebral body with posterior segmental instrumented fixation. Results After the surgery, the patient's condition gradually improved; however, he suffered a wound dehiscence necessitating a surgical exploration and deep wound debridement. Six months after the surgery, the patient underwent a revision surgery for adjacent-level pseudarthrosis. At 1-year follow-up, the patient was pain-free and off narcotic pain medication and had returned to full activity. Conclusion This patient is the first reported case of lumbar osteomyelitis with SEA treated surgically with a single-stage, posterior-only circumferential decompression and reconstruction with posterior instrumentation. Although this approach is more technically challenging, it presents another viable option for the treatment of lumbar vertebral osteomyelitis that may reduce the morbidity associated with an anterior approach. PMID:26835214

  10. Paraplegia due to missed thoracic meningioma after lumbar spinal decompression surgery: A case report and review of the literature

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    Mehtap Bozkurt

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Spinal meningiomas are often localized to the thoracic level and symptoms from a spinal meningioma are determined by the location of the mass. We present a case of thoracic paraplegia due to a thoracic spinal cord tumor (meningioma that was not detected during lumbar spinal decompressive surgery. Thoracic mass was detected in level of T2-3 on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI. The patient was re-operated and the patient's neurologic symptoms were partially relieved. Surgeons should know that a thoracic silent meningioma can aggrevate neurological symptoms after lumbar spinal decompression surgery and should inform their patient before surgery.

  11. Effectiveness of percutaneous laser disc decompression versus conventional open discectomy in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation; design of a prospective randomized controlled trial

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    Koes Bart W

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The usual surgical treatment of refractory sciatica caused by lumbar disc herniation, is open discectomy. Minimally invasive procedures, including percutaneous therapies under local anesthesia, are increasingly gaining attention. One of these treatments is Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression (PLDD. This treatment can be carried out in an outpatient setting and swift recovery and return to daily routine are suggested. Thus far, no randomized trial into cost-effectiveness of PLDD versus standard surgical procedure has been performed. We present the design of a randomized controlled trial, studying the cost-effectiveness of PLDD versus conventional open discectomy in patients with sciatica from lumbar disc herniation. Methods/design The study is a randomized prospective multi-center trial, in which two treatment strategies are compared in a parallel group design. Patients (age 18–70 years visiting the neurosurgery department of the participating hospitals, are considered for inclusion in the trial when sciatica due to lumbar disc herniation has lasted more than 8 weeks. Patients with disc herniation smaller than 1/3 of the spinal canal diameter, without concomitant lateral recess stenosis or sequestration, are eligible for participation, and are randomized into one of two treatment arms; either Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression or conventional discectomy. The functional outcome of the patient, as assessed by the Roland Disability Questionnaire for Sciatica at 8 weeks and 1 year after treatment, is the primary outcome measure. The secondary outcome parameters are recovery as perceived by the patient, leg and back pain, incidence of re-intervention, complications, quality of life, medical consumption, absence of work and secondary costs. Discussion Open discectomy is still considered to be the golden standard in the surgical treatment of lumbar disc herniation. Whether Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression has at least as

  12. Decompression alone versus decompression with instrumented fusion for young patients with single-level lumbar disc herniation:a short-term prospective comparative study

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    Sun Zhuoran; Li Weishi; Chen Zhongqiang; Guo Zhaoqing; Qi Qiang; Zeng Yan; Sun Chuiguo

    2014-01-01

    Background For young patients,the surgical method for lumbar disc herniation remains controversial.The aim of this study was to prospectively determine the short-term clinical outcome after surgery for young patients with lumbar disc herniation.Methods In this prospective comparative study between April 2010 and August 2011,a total of 80 patients underwent primary surgery at a single level for lumbar disc herniation.The patients were divided into two groups:decompression alone and decompression with instrumented fusion.An independent examiner clinically evaluated the patients at preoperation and at 1,3,6,and 12 months after surgery.The patients filled out the instruments for back and leg pain using a Visual Analog Scale (VAS),Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire (ODI),and Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) scores.The differences between the two groups were analyzed.Results The mean age of all the patients at the time of surgery was 33.7 years.Of the 80 patients,38 patients underwent decompression alone and 42 patients underwent posterior lumbar interbody fusion.Increasing complexity of surgery was associated with a longer surgery time,greater blood loss,and a longer hospital stay after surgery.Both methods of surgery independently improved outcomes compared with baseline status based on VAS,ODI,and JOA scores (P <0.05),and no significant differences were found between the two groups at most of the measuring points in time,although patients with decompression alone had a higher JOA score (P=0.016) and higher JOA recovery rate (P=0.010) at the 3-month follow-up.Conclusions The short-term results of our study showed that both methods of surgery obtained effective clinical outcomes,but decompression alone had some advantages (shorter surgery time,less blood loss,shorter hospital stay,and lower cost) compared with decompression with instrumented fusion.Young patients with decompression alone could achieve great physical function earlier.

  13. Minimal Invasive Percutaneous Fixation of Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Fractures

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    Federico De Iure

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We studied 122 patients with 163 fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine undergoing the surgical treatment by percutaneous transpedicular fixation and stabilization with minimally invasive technique. Patient followup ranged from 6 to 72 months (mean 38 months, and the patients were assessed by clinical and radiographic evaluation. The results show that percutaneous transpedicular fixation and stabilization with minimally invasive technique is an adequate and satisfactory procedure to be used in specific type of the thoracolumbar and lumbar spine fractures.

  14. Interspinous spacer versus traditional decompressive surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Ai-Min Wu

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Dynamic interspinous spacers, such as X-stop, Coflex, DIAM, and Aperius, are widely used for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis. However, controversy remains as to whether dynamic interspinous spacer use is superior to traditional decompressive surgery. METHODS: Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register were searched during August 2013. A track search was performed on February 27, 2014. Study was included in this review if it was: (1 a randomized controlled trial (RCT or non-randomized prospective comparison study, (2 comparing the clinical outcomes for interspinous spacer use versus traditional decompressive surgery, (3 in a minimum of 30 patients, (4 with a follow-up duration of at least 12 months. RESULTS: Two RCTs and three non-randomized prospective studies were included, with 204 patients in the interspinous spacer (IS group and 217 patients in the traditional decompressive surgery (TDS group. Pooled analysis showed no significant difference between the IS and TDS groups for low back pain (WMD: 1.2; 95% CI: -10.12, 12.53; P = 0.03; I2 = 66%, leg pain (WMD: 7.12; 95% CI: -3.88, 18.12; P = 0.02; I2 = 70%, ODI (WMD: 6.88; 95% CI: -14.92, 28.68; P = 0.03; I2 = 79%, RDQ (WMD: -1.30, 95% CI: -3.07, 0.47; P = 0.00; I2 = 0%, or complications (RR: 1.39; 95% CI: 0.61, 3.14; P = 0.23; I2 = 28%. The TDS group had a significantly lower incidence of reoperation (RR: 3.34; 95% CI: 1.77, 6.31; P = 0.60; I2 = 0%. CONCLUSION: Although patients may obtain some benefits from interspinous spacers implanted through a minimally invasive technique, interspinous spacer use is associated with a higher incidence of reoperation and higher cost. The indications, risks, and benefits of using an interspinous process device should be carefully considered before surgery.

  15. CHANGES IN RADIOGRAPHIC PARAMETERS AFTER MINIMALLY INVASIVE LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION

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    Emiliano Vialle

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective : This study aims to evaluate changes in lumbosacral parameters after minimally invasive lumbar interbody fusion. The secondary aim was to evaluate whether interbody cage shape (crescent shaped or rectangular would influence the results. Method : Retrospective analysis of 70 patients who underwent one or two level lumbar interbody fusion through a minimally invasive posterolateral approach. This included midline preservation and unilateral facetectomy. Pre- and postoperative (three to six months postoperative radiographs were used for measuring lumbar lordosis (LL, segmental lordosis (SL at the level of interbody fusion, and sacral slope (SS. Further analyses divided the patients into Roussouly lumbar subgroups. Results : LL was significantly reduced after surgery (59o:39o, p=0.001 as well as the SS (33.8o:31.2o, p=0.05. SL did not change significantly (11.4:11.06, p=0.85. There were no significant differences when comparing patients who received crescent shaped cage (n=27 and rectangular cage (n=43. Hypolordotic patients (Roussouly types 1 and 2 had radiographic improvement in comparison to normolordotic and hyperlordotic groups (types 3 and 4. Conclusion : Minimally invasive lumbar interbody fusion caused reduction in lumbosacral parameters. Cage shape had no influence on the results.

  16. Multiexpandable cage for minimally invasive posterior lumbar interbody fusion

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    Coe, Jeffrey D; Zucherman, James F; Kucharzyk, Donald W; Poelstra, Kornelis A; Miller, Larry E; Kunwar, Sandeep

    2016-01-01

    The increasing adoption of minimally invasive techniques for spine surgery in recent years has led to significant advancements in instrumentation for lumbar interbody fusion. Percutaneous pedicle screw fixation is now a mature technology, but the role of expandable cages is still evolving. The capability to deliver a multiexpandable interbody cage with a large footprint through a narrow surgical cannula represents a significant advancement in spinal surgery technology. The purpose of this report is to describe a multiexpandable lumbar interbody fusion cage, including implant characteristics, intended use, surgical technique, preclinical testing, and early clinical experience. Results to date suggest that the multiexpandable cage allows a less invasive approach to posterior/transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion surgery by minimizing iatrogenic risks associated with static or vertically expanding interbody prostheses while providing immediate vertebral height restoration, restoration of anatomic alignment, and excellent early-term clinical results. PMID:27729817

  17. Effect of spinal decompression on the lumbar muscle activity and disk height in patients with herniated intervertebral disk

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    Kang, Jeong-Il; Jeong, Dae-Keun; Choi, Hyun

    2016-01-01

    [Purpose] This study was conducted to clarify the difference in therapeutic effects between traction and decompression therapies, and their clinical therapeutic significance. [Subjects and Methods] The subjects were 31 patients aged 35 to 50 years who had unilateral or bilateral lumbar and radicular leg pain. An intervention program was implemented in 31 patients with lumbar herniated intervertebral disks. For the experimental group, 15 subjects were randomly selected to receive decompression therapy and trunk stabilization exercise. For the control group, 16 subjects were randomly selected to receive traction therapy and trunk stabilization exercise. [Results] Activities of the rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, and external oblique muscles increased significantly in both groups. However, the activity of the erector spine muscle decreased, which was the only significant change in muscle activity among those of the other muscles in both groups. The disk herniation index in the experimental group decreased significantly in comparison with that in the control group, and the difference in the change in disk herniation index between the groups was significant. [Conclusion] Decompression therapy was demonstrated to be more effective clinically than conventional traction therapy as an intervention method for disk disease. PMID:27942133

  18. Enduring improvement in Oswestry Disability Index outcomes following lumbar microscopic interlaminar decompression: An appraisal of prospectively collected patient outcomes

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    Muhammad Babar Khan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Our present study aims to assess the short and long-term postoperative outcome of microscopic interlaminar decompression from a neurosurgical center in a developing country and also aims to further determine any predictors of functional outcome. Materials and Methods: All patients with moderate to severe symptomatic stenosis undergoing elective posterior lumbar spinal decompression were prospectively enrolled in a database. Preoperative, 2 weeks and 2 years postoperative Oswestry Disability Index (ODI scores were determined for all patients. These scores were retrospectively compared using repeated measures analysis of variance. Further, linear regression modelling was applied to determine the effect of preoperative ODI, body mass index, age, prior physiotherapy, duration of symptoms, and single or multiple level decompression on the change in ODI at 2 weeks and 2 years follow-up respectively. Results: A total of 60 consecutive patients (40 males, 20 females were included for statistical analysis. The percentage of patients with a minimum clinically important difference (MCID, using an ODI threshold value of 10, was 86.7% (n = 52 at the 2 weeks postoperative follow-up. At the 2 years follow-up assessment, 3.3% (n = 2 patients who had earlier not achieved MCID did so, 78.3% (n = 47 of patients were found to have a change in ODI score of <10 or no change, while 18.3% (n = 11 reported a deterioration in their ODI scores. The preoperative ODI score was an independent predictor of change in ODI score at 2 weeks and 2 years respectively (P < 0.0005. The duration of symptoms prior to surgery was found to predict the change in ODI at 2 years follow-up (P = 0.04. Conclusion: The evidence regarding the long-term and short-term efficacy of microscopic interlaminar decompression in symptomatic lumbar stenosis is overwhelming. Preoperative ODI scores and duration of symptoms prior to surgery can predict postoperative outcomes.

  19. TRUNK MOBILITY AFTER MINIMALLY INVASIVE ONE-LEVEL LUMBAR INSTRUMENTATION

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: To evaluate the impact of a minimally invasive lumbar one-level fixation on trunk mobility and quality of life compared with the preoperative condition in 26 consecutive patients. Methods: The following data were collected preoperatively and postoperatively for the statistical analysis: maximal trunk extension and flexion angles, Visual Analog Scale of pain and Oswestry Disability Index scores. Results: There was improvement in all variables. Statistical significance was observed in trunk extension, pain, and Oswestry Disability Index. Although mobility in trunk flexion was higher in average values after surgery, this difference was not statistically demonstrated. Conclusion: Minimally invasive one-level lumbar fixation does not cause reduction of trunk flexibility in comparison to the mobility before surgery.

  20. Incidence and risk factors of persistent low back pain following posterior decompression and instrumented fusion for lumbar disk herniation

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    Wang Hu

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Hui Wang,1 Tao Wang,1 Qian Wang,2 Wenyuan Ding1 1Department of Spine Surgery, 2Financial Statistics Department, The Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang, People’s Republic of China Introduction: The aim of this study was to explore the incidence and risk factors of persistent low back pain (PLBP following posterior decompression and instrumented fusion for lumbar disk herniation and to provide references in decision-making and surgical planning for both spinal surgeons and surgically treated patients.Patients and methods: By retrieving the medical records from January 2013 to December 2016, 221 patients were retrospectively reviewed. Patients were classified as having PLBP if numeric rating scale (NRS scores were >50 at all postoperative follow-up time points (3 months, 6 months, and 12 months. According to the occurrence of PLBP, patients were divided into two groups: PLBP group and non (N-PLBP group. To investigate risk values for PLBP, the following three categorized factors were analyzed statistically. Patient characteristics: age, gender, body mass index (BMI, preoperative low back pain, comorbidity, smoking, and drinking. Surgical variables: surgical strategy, surgical segment, the number of fusion levels, surgery time, blood loss, and size of incision. Radiographic parameters: preoperative lumbar lordosis (LL, correction of LL at immediate postoperation, Modic changes, and preoperative paraspinal muscle degeneration.Results: PLBP was detected in 16 patients and were enrolled into the PLBP group. There was no difference between the two groups in age, gender, BMI, comorbidity, smoking, and drinking. The preoperative low back pain was more severe in the PLBP group than that in the N-PLBP group. There was no difference in surgery time, blood loss, surgical strategy, number of fusion levels, and the size of incision. Surgery segment at L5–S1 was more prevalent in the PLBP group than that in the N-PLBP group, and

  1. Minimally invasive posterior cervical decompression using tubular retractor: The technical note and early clinical outcome

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    Jung-Woo Hur

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The aim of this work is to present a novel decompression technique that approaches cervical spine posteriorly, but through minimal invasive method using tubular retractor avoiding detachment of posterior musculature. Methods: Six patients underwent minimally invasive posterior cervical decompression using the tubular retractor system and surgical microscope. Minimally invasive access to the posterior cervical spine was performed with exposure through a paramedian muscle-splitting approach. With the assistance of a specialized tubular retraction system and deep soft tissue expansion mechanism, multilevel posterior cervical decompression could be accomplished. This approach also allows safe docking of the retractor system on the lateral mass, thus avoiding the cervical spinal canal during exposure. A standard operating microscope was used with ×10 magnification and 400 mm focal length. The hospital charts, magnetic resonance imaging studies, and follow-up records of all the patients were reviewed. Outcome was assessed by neurological status and visual analog scale (VAS for neck and arm pain. Results: There was no significant complication related to operation. The follow-up time was 4-12 months (mean, 9 months. Muscle weakness improved in all patients; sensory deficits resolved in four patients and improved in two patients. Analysis of the mean VAS for radicular pain and VAS for neck pain showed significant improvement. Conclusions: The preliminary experiences with good clinical outcome seem to promise that this minimally invasive technique is a valid alternative option for the treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy.

  2. Multiexpandable cage for minimally invasive posterior lumbar interbody fusion

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    Full Text Available Jeffrey D Coe,1 James F Zucherman,2 Donald W Kucharzyk,3 Kornelis A Poelstra,4 Larry E Miller,5 Sandeep Kunwar,6 1Silicon Valley Spine Institute, Campbell, 2San Francisco Orthopaedic Surgeons, San Francisco, CA, 3Orthopaedic Pediatric and Spine, Crown Point, IN, 4Department of Surgery, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, Miramar Beach, FL, 5Miller Scientific Consulting, Inc., Asheville, NC, 6Bell Neuroscience Institute, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Fremont, CA, USA Abstract: The increasing adoption of minimally invasive techniques for spine surgery in recent years has led to significant advancements in instrumentation for lumbar interbody fusion. Percutaneous pedicle screw fixation is now a mature technology, but the role of expandable cages is still evolving. The capability to deliver a multiexpandable interbody cage with a large footprint through a narrow surgical cannula represents a significant advancement in spinal surgery technology. The purpose of this report is to describe a multiexpandable lumbar interbody fusion cage, including implant characteristics, intended use, surgical technique, preclinical testing, and early clinical experience. Results to date suggest that the multiexpandable cage allows a less invasive approach to posterior/transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion surgery by minimizing iatrogenic risks associated with static or vertically expanding interbody prostheses while providing immediate vertebral height restoration, restoration of anatomic alignment, and excellent early-term clinical results. Keywords: degenerative disc disease, expandable, low back pain, Luna

  3. Radiographic Results of Minimally Invasive (MIS) Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LIF) Compared with Conventional Lumbar Interbody Fusion.

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    Lim, Jae Kwan; Kim, Sung Min

    2013-06-01

    To evaluate the radiographic results of minimally invasive (MIS) anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF). Twelve and nineteen patients who underwent MIS-ALIF, MIS-TLIF, respectively, from 2006 to 2008 were analyzed with a minimum 24-months' follow-up. Additionally, 18 patients treated with single level open TLIF surgery in 2007 were evaluated as a comparative group. X-rays and CT images were evaluated preoperatively, postoperatively, and at the final follow-up. Fusion and subsidence rates were determined, and radiographic parameters, including lumbar lordosis angle (LLA), fused segment angle (FSA), sacral slope angle (SSA), disc height (DH), and foraminal height (FH), were analyzed. These parameters were also compared between the open and MIS-TLIF groups. In the MIS interbody fusion group, statistically significant increases were observed in LLA, FSA, and DH and FH between preoperative and final values. The changes in LLA, FSA, and DH were significantly increased in the MIS-ALIF group compared with the MIS-TLIF group, but SSA and FH were not significantly different. No significant differences were seen between open and MIS-TLIF except for DH. The interbody subsidence and fusion rates of the MIS groups were 12.0±4% and 96%, respectively. Radiographic results of MIS interbody fusion surgery are as favorable as those with conventional surgery regarding fusion, restoration of disc height, foraminal height, and lumbar lordosis. MIS-ALIF is more effective than MIS-TLIF for intervertebral disc height restoration and lumbar lordosis.

  4. New mini-invasive decompression for pronator teres syndrome.

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    Zancolli, Eduardo R; Zancolli, Eduardo P; Perrotto, Christian Jorge

    2012-08-01

    The pronator teres syndrome is a set of signs and symptoms that result from compression of the median nerve in the upper forearm. It is a dynamic syndrome that is frequently associated with compression of the same nerve at the carpal tunnel. The literature describes different anatomic structures that can cause this syndrome. Experience showed us that the deep fascia of the superficial head of the pronator teres is the only anatomic structure that causes compression of the median nerve in the upper forearm. If the flexor digitorum test is negative, selective release of the deep fascia of the superficial head of the pronator teres ends the symptoms. Our surgical technique uses a mini-invasive approach that takes into account the anatomic knowledge of this region. A 3.5-cm oblique skin incision is done 6 cm distal to the medial epicondyle, over the flexor/pronator muscle mass. The medial cutaneous nerve is atraumatically retracted. The superficial fascia of the flexor/pronator muscles is opened transversely. With the section of the septum between the pronator teres and the flexor carpi radialis, access to the deep fascia of the superficial head of the pronator teres is obtained. This structure is released. The median nerve is now easily visualized, and other types of possible compression causes are excluded. The same surgeon treated 44 cases with this technique. Two assistants were always needed for this mini-invasive approach. Pronator teres symptoms disappeared in 93% of cases.

  5. Back pain improvement after decompression without fusion or stabilization in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis and clinically significant preoperative back pain.

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    Crawford, Charles H; Glassman, Steven D; Mummaneni, Praveen V; Knightly, John J; Asher, Anthony L

    2016-11-01

    OBJECTIVE The relief of leg symptoms by surgical decompression for lumbar stenosis is well supported by the literature. Less is known about the effect on back pain. Some surgeons believe that the relief of back pain should not be an expected outcome of decompression and that substantial back pain may be a contraindication to decompression only; therefore, stabilization may be recommended for patients with substantial preoperative back pain even in the absence of well-accepted indications for stabilization such as spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, or sagittal malalignment. The purpose of this study is to determine if patients with lumbar stenosis and substantial back pain-in the absence of spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, or sagittal malalignment-can obtain significant improvement after decompression without fusion or stabilization. METHODS Analysis of the National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N(2)QOD) identified 726 patients with lumbar stenosis (without spondylolisthesis or scoliosis) and a baseline back pain score ≥ 5 of 10 who underwent surgical decompression only. No patient was reported to have significant spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, or sagittal malalignment. Standard demographic and surgical variables were collected, as well as patient outcomes including back and leg pain scores, Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), and EuroQoL 5D (EQ-5D) at baseline and 3 and 12 months postoperatively. RESULTS The mean age of the cohort was 65.6 years, and 407 (56%) patients were male. The mean body mass index was 30.2 kg/m(2), and 40% of patients had 2-level decompression, 29% had 3-level decompression, 24% had 1-level decompression, and 6% had 4-level decompression. The mean estimated blood loss was 130 ml. The mean operative time was 100.85 minutes. The vast majority of discharges (88%) were routine home discharges. At 3 and 12 months postoperatively, there were significant improvements from baseline for back pain (7.62 to 3.19 to 3.66), leg pain (7.23 to 2.85 to

  6. [A feasibility research of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) using hybrid internal fixation for recurrent lumbar disc herniation].

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    Mao, Ke-ya; Wang, Yan; Xiao, Song-hua; Zhang, Yong-gang; Liu, Bao-wei; Wang, Zheng; Zhang, Xi-Feng; Cui, Geng; Zhang, Xue-song; Li, Peng; Mao, Ke-zheng

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    To investigate the feasibility of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) using hybrid internal fixation of pedicle screws and a translaminar facet screw for recurrent lumbar disc herniation. From January 2010 to December 2011, 16 recurrent lumbar disc herniation patients, 10 male and 6 female patients with an average age of 45 years (35-68 years) were treated with unilateral incision MIS-TLIF through working channel. After decompression, interbody fusion and fixation using unilateral pedicle screws, a translaminar facet screw was inserted from the same incision through spinous process and laminar to the other side facet joint. The results of perioperative parameters, radiographic images and clinical outcomes were assessed. The repeated measure analysis of variance was applied in the scores of visual analogue scale (VAS) and Oswestry disablity index (ODI). All patients MIS-TLIF were accomplished under working channel including decompression, interbody fusion and hybrid fixation without any neural complication. The average operative time was (148 ± 75) minutes, the average operative blood loss was (186 ± 226) ml, the average postoperative ambulation time was (32 ± 15) hours, and the average hospitalization time was (6 ± 4) days. The average length of incision was (29 ± 4) mm, and the average length of translaminar facets screw was (52 ± 6) mm. The mean follow-up was 16.5 months with a range of 12-24 months. The postoperative X-ray and CT images showed good position of the hybrid internal fixation, and all facets screws penetrate through facets joint. The significant improvement could be found in back pain VAS, leg pain VAS and ODI scores between preoperative 1 day and postoperative follow-up at all time-points (back pain VAS:F = 52.845, P = 0.000;leg pain VAS:F = 113.480, P = 0.000;ODI:F = 36.665, P = 0.000). Recurrent lumbar disc herniation could be treated with MIS-TLIF using hybrid fixation through unilateral incision, and the

  7. 潜行减压单侧改良TLIF手术治疗腰椎退行性疾患%Preliminary efficacy of decompressive unilateral improved transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) for the treatment of lumbar degenerative diseases

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    张居适; 胡松峰; 李志龙

    2014-01-01

    symptoms, physical signs and sphincteral functions;Visual analogue scale (VAS) were used to evaluate preoperative and postoperative low back pain. Results:All patients were followed up 6 to 28 (mean 14) months. Postoperative JOA score and VAS score were 17.9±2.2,2.8±0.7 respectively,and preoperative JOA score and VAS score were 8.5±1.7,8.6±1.2,respectively. There were significant meaning in JOA and VAS scores before and after operation (P<0.05). Twenty-eight patients were all obtained inter-vertebral synostosis. Conclusion:Decompressive unilateral improved TLIF for treatment of unilateral radicular lumbar spinal stenosis and lumbar disc herniation,which has advantages of minimally invasive,curative effects,decrease medical costs,is worthy spreading in clinical.

  8. Treatment of herniated lumbar disc by percutaneous laser disc decompression combined with synchronous suction technique through syringe

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    Dhir B. Gurung; Gaojian Tao; Hongyi Lin; Yanning Qian; Jian Lin

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    Objective: To compare the outcomes of percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD) and PLDD with synchronous suction through syringe in the patients with herniated lumbar disc (HLD). Methods: Forty-two patients with HLD on MRI and those who did not respond to conservative treatment for 6 weeks were randomly divided into group A and group B. In group A, the patients were treated with PLDD and those in group B with PLDD and synchronous suction through syringe. GaAIAS diode laser at 810 nm was used for the ablation in both groups. The treatment effect was evaluated by modified MacNab's criteria on the 7th, 30th and 90th day. Results: Evaluated by modified MacNab's criteria, the percentages of the excellent and good cases in total patients treated for group B and A were 80.95% and 57.14% on the 7th follow-up day, 85.71% and 66.67% on the 30th follow-up day, and 95.24% and 71.43% on the 90th follow-up day, respectively. Conclusion: Synchronous suction technique through syringe during PLDD improves the overall outcome in the treatment of herniated lumbar disc.

  9. Nucleoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure for disc decompression: a systematic review and meta-analysis of published clinical studies.

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    Eichen, Philipp Maximilian; Achilles, Nils; Konig, Volker; Mosges, Ralph; Hellmich, Martin; Himpe, Bastian; Kirchner, Rainer

    2014-01-01

    Nucleoplasty, based on Coblation® technology, is a minimally invasive procedure used to decompress herniated discs. Reviews to date--exclusively systematic reviews--recommend nucleoplasty for treating chronic back pain, although with the restriction of limited to fair evidence. We therefore aimed to summarize and interpret our calculated results, where possible comprehensively and quantitatively, using statistical methods in the context of a meta-analysis supplementing a systematic review. In the process, the central question was to statistically determine whether, and to what extent, nucleoplasty can positively affect pain relief and functional mobility as well as lower the complication rate. Newly published studies made it possible to conduct a meta-analysis of the visual analog scale (VAS), a measuring instrument used to determine pain intensity, and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), a scale that reflects the degree of impairment in percent. In addition to having clearly sound evidence for analyzing VAS/NPS data, the present, newly compiled meta-analysis was able to summarize VAS and ODI data quantitatively and to calculate a total complication rate for the first time. It was thereby possible to make a first comparison between nucleoplasty and conservative therapy (including epidural steroid injection). This meta-analysis examined all study data published in clinical trials involving the nucleoplasty procedure for plasma disc decompression. A systematic search using the terms nucleoplasty and/or plasma disc decompression was conducted for literature listed in MEDLINE. Twenty-seven eligible studies (22 prospective trials and 5 retrospective trials) were included, and pooled analyses as well as various subgroup analyses (differentiation between cervical and lumbar disc herniations, comparisons with alternative treatments such as epidural steroid injection) were performed based on their data. Pain decreased from a baseline VAS value of 7.27 to 2.12 (postop

  10. Outcomes of bone morphogenetic protein-2 in mature adults: posterolateral non-instrument-assisted lumbar decompression and fusion.

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    Hamilton, D Kojo; Jones-Quaidoo, Sean M; Sansur, Charles; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Oskouian, Rod; Jane, John A

    2008-05-01

    Bone morphogenic protein products enable lumber spine fusion. Few outcome studies have been performed to evaluate function and pain relief after posterior lumber decompression for degenerative disease, and few studies have provided detailed results of posterior lumbar fusion in elderly patients. This retrospective analysis presents a comprehensive examination of spinal fusion, functional outcomes, and pain relief in a growing elderly population in which a BMP was used. Fifty-five patients, 25 men and 30 women (moderately disabled to bedridden), with both mean and median ages of 68 years, underwent surgery for symptoms of lumbar degenerative disease between August 2003 and June 2004. Surgery involved multilevel lumbar total laminectomies with medial facetectomies and posterior lateral fusion, which was performed using INFUSE Bone Graft (Medtronic Sofamor Dane K. Inc, Minneapolis, MN) with recombinant human BMP-2 as the active ingredient. Forty-seven patients (22 men and 25 women) were available for follow-up and participated in this study. Of these 47 patients, the average number of levels decompressed and fused was 2. Thirteen patients had 1 level, 18 patients with 2 levels, 15 patients with 3 levels, and 1 patient with 4 levels. An analysis of fusion was performed using computed tomography beginning at an average of 6 months (range, 3-36 months) postsurgery. At an average of 34 months (range, 29-36 months) of follow-up, 2 questionnaires--the Modified Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire and the SF-12 Health Survey--were completed by the patient. Long-term follow-up indicates that more than 85% of patients exhibited high functioning ability and had improved index scores and pain relief. Patients with improved pain and function scores also had better than average health status. In addition, grading the patients' fusion rates with the Lenke fusion scale [J Spinal Disord 5(4) (1992) 433-442] showed an 80% fusion (Lenke Grades A and B) rate. The use of rh

  11. Clinical study on minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion combined with percutaneous pedicle screw fixation for degenerative lumbar scoliosis

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    Hao WU

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective To discuss the operative essentials and therapeutic effects of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF combined with percutaneous pedicle screw fixation for degenerative lumbar scoliosis (DLS.  Methods A total of 17 DLS patients without prior spinal diseases were treated by MIS-TLIF and percutaneous pedicle screw fixation from January 2013 to September 2015 in Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University. The operation time, intraoperative blood loss, hospital stay, and postoperative complication were recorded in each patient. Visual Analogue Scale (VAS and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI were used to evaluate postoperative improvement of low back and leg pain, and clinical effects were assessed according to Medical Outcome Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36. Coronal Cobb angle, sagittal lordosis angle and spinal deviation distances on coronal and sagittal plane were measured before operation, one week, 3 months after operation and in the last follow-up in spinal full-length X-ray examination. Fusion rate was calculated according to X-ray or CT scan, and the degree of decompression was evaluated by MRI.  Results Decompression and fusion levels ranged from T12-S1 vertebrae, and interbody fusion was performed in 17 patients and 56 levels were fused. Average operation time was 200 min (180-300 min, intraoperative blood loss was 320 ml (200-1000 ml and hospital stay was 8.21 d (5-12 d. All patients were followed-up for 12.13 months (5-24 months. Compared with preoperation, VAS (P = 0.000, for all and ODI scores (P = 0.000, for all decreased significantly, SF-36 score increased (P = 0.000, for all, coronal Cobb angle (P = 0.000, for all, sagittal lordosis angle (P = 0.000, for all, coronal and sagittal deviation (P = 0.000, for all decreased significantly one week and 3 months after operation and in the last follow-up. The improvement rate of ODI was (86.51 ± 6.02%, fusion rate of vertebral bodies

  12. Muscle gap approach under a minimally invasive channel technique for treating long segmental lumbar spinal stenosis: A retrospective study.

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    Bin, Yang; De Cheng, Wang; Wei, Wang Zong; Hui, Li

    2017-08-01

    This study aimed to compare the efficacy of muscle gap approach under a minimally invasive channel surgical technique with the traditional median approach.In the Orthopedics Department of Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine Hospital, Tongzhou District, Beijing, 68 cases of lumbar spinal canal stenosis underwent surgery using the muscle gap approach under a minimally invasive channel technique and a median approach between September 2013 and February 2016. Both approaches adopted lumbar spinal canal decompression, intervertebral disk removal, cage implantation, and pedicle screw fixation. The operation time, bleeding volume, postoperative drainage volume, and preoperative and postoperative visual analog scale (VAS) score and Japanese Orthopedics Association score (JOA) were compared between the 2 groups.All patients were followed up for more than 1 year. No significant difference between the 2 groups was found with respect to age, gender, surgical segments. No diversity was noted in the operation time, intraoperative bleeding volume, preoperative and 1 month after the operation VAS score, preoperative and 1 month after the operation JOA score, and 6 months after the operation JOA score between 2 groups (P > .05). The amount of postoperative wound drainage (260.90 ± 160 mL vs 447.80 ± 183.60 mL, P gap approach group than in the median approach group (P gap approach under a minimally invasive channel group, the average drainage volume was reduced by 187 mL, and the average VAS score 6 months after the operation was reduced by an average of 0.48.The muscle gap approach under a minimally invasive channel technique is a feasible method to treat long segmental lumbar spinal canal stenosis. It retains the integrity of the posterior spine complex to the greatest extent, so as to reduce the adjacent spinal segmental degeneration and soft tissue trauma. Satisfactory short-term and long-term clinical results were obtained.

  13. Prognostic Factors for Satisfaction After Decompression Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

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    Paulsen, Rune Tendal; Bouknaitir, Jamal Bech; Fruensgaard, Søren

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    BACKGROUND: Surgical treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis is associated with both short- and long-term benefits with improvements in patient function and pain. Even though most patients are satisfied postoperatively, some studies report that up to one-third of patients are dissatisfied. OBJECTIVE...

  14. Effect of steerable cage placement during minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion on lumbar lordosis.

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    Lindley, Timothy E; Viljoen, Stephanus V; Dahdaleh, Nader S

    2014-03-01

    Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) is commonly used for the treatment of a variety of degenerative spine disorders. Recently, steerable interbody cages have been developed which potentially allow for greater restoration of lumbar lordosis. Here we describe a technique and radiographic results following minimally invasive placement of steerable cages through a bilateral approach. A retrospective review was conducted of the charts and radiographs of 15 consecutive patients who underwent 19 levels of bilateral MIS-TLIF with the placement of steerable cages. These were compared to 10 patients who underwent 16 levels of unilateral MIS-TLIF with the placement of bullet cages. The average age, body mass index, distribution of the levels operated and follow-up were similar in both groups. The average height of the steerable cage placed was 10.9 mm compared to 8.5mm for bullet cages. The preoperative focal Cobb's angle per level was similar between both groups with a mean of -5.3 degrees for the steerable cage group and -4.8 degrees for the bullet cage group. There was a significant improvement in postoperative Cobb's angle after placement of a steerable cage with a mean of -13.7 (p<0.01) and this persisted at the last follow-up with -13 degrees (p<0.01). There was no significant change in Cobb's angle after bullet cage placement with -5.7 degrees postoperatively and a return to the baseline preoperative Cobb's angle of -4.8 at the last follow-up. Steerable cage placement for MIS-TLIF improves focal lordosis compared to bullet cage placement.

  15. Intraoperative Three-Dimensional Imaging in Selective Decompression for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Useful Tool in Theory but Also in Everyday Practice?

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    Full Text Available Background. We conducted a pilot study to investigate the value of an Iso-C3D imaging system in determining the extent of decompression of lumbar spinal stenosis during surgery. We now address the question whether this imaging has become a routine tool. Material and Methods. Ten patients who underwent unilateral decompression for lumbar spinal stenosis were intraoperatively examined using the Iso-C3D imaging system. Four years after this study, we investigated whether this intraoperative imaging modality is still being used. Results. Evaluable images were intraoperatively obtained for all patients. In two cases, the surgical procedure was changed on the basis of the images. Myelography did not provide any additional information. In the four years following the study, this intraoperative imaging technique has not been used again. Conclusion. Intraoperative imaging using the Iso-C3D system provides additional safety. It, however, has not become established as a routine procedure.

  16. Effectiveness of percutaneous laser disc decompression versus conventional open discectomy in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation; Design of a prospective randomized controlled trial

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    P.A. Brouwer (Patrick); W.C. Peul (Wilco); R. Brand (René); M.P. Arts (Mark); B.W. Koes (Bart); A.A. van den Berg (Annette); M.A. van Buchem (Mark)

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    textabstractBackground. The usual surgical treatment of refractory sciatica caused by lumbar disc herniation, is open discectomy. Minimally invasive procedures, including percutaneous therapies under local anesthesia, are increasingly gaining attention. One of these treatments is Percutaneous Laser

  17. Functional outcome analysis of lumbar canal stenosis patients post decompression and posterior stabilization with stenosis grading using magnetic resonance imaging

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    Pili, M.; Tobing, S. D. A. L.

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    Lumbar canal stenosis (LCS) is a condition that can potentially cause disability. It often occurs in aging populations. The aim of this study was to analyze the correlation between the clinical outcomes of postoperative patients and classifications that were based on MRI assessments. This prospective cohort study was carried out at Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital from January to July 2016 using consecutive sampling. Thirty-eight patient samples were obtained, all of whom were managed with the same surgical technique of decompression and posterior stabilization. The patients were categorized in four types based on MRI examination using the Schizas classification. Pre- and post-treatment (three months and six months) assessments of the patients were conducted according to Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), the Japanese Orthopedic Association Score (JOA), and the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ). The statistical analysis was performed using the statistical program for social science (SPSS) v.19. The average age of the patients in this sample was 58.92 years (range 50-70 years). There were 16 males and 22 females. Most patients were classified as type C (21 subjects) based on MRI examination. The improvement in the clinical scores of male subjects was better than in the female subjects. Significant differences were found in the six-month postoperative VAS (p = 0.003) and three-month postoperative JOA scores (p = 0.029). The results at follow-up showed that the VAS, ODI, JOA and RMDQ scores were improved. There were no statistical differences between the MRI-based classification and the clinical outcomes at preoperative, three and six months postoperative according to VAS (p = 0.451, p = 0.738, p = 0.448), ODI (p = 0.143, p = 0.929, p = 0.796), JOA (p = 0.157, p = 0.876, p = 0.961), and RMDQ (p = 0.065, p = 0.057, p = 0.094). There was clinical improvement after decompression and posterior stabilization in lumbar canal

  18. Patient are satisfied one year after decompression surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis

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    Tendal Paulsen, Rune; Bouknaitir, Jamal Bech; Fruensgaard, Søren

    2016-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a clinical syndrome of buttock or lower extremity pain, which may occur with or without back pain. The syndrome is associated with diminished space available for the neural and vascular elements in the lumbar spine. LSS is typically seen in elderly...... without fusion. Data were obtained from the DaneSpine register and collected pre- and post-operatively after a minimum interval of one year. The outcome measures were Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), European Quality of Life 5D (EQ-5D), visual analogue score (VAS), 36-Short Form Mental Component Summary...... (MCS), 36-Short Form Physical Component Summary (PCS) and self-reported walking distance. RESULTS: Of 3,420 cases enrolled, 2,591 (75%) had complete data after a minimum interval of one year. The mean ODI scores were 39.8 and improved to 24. The mean EQ-5D score was 0.40 and improved to 0.66. The mean...

  19. Incidence and risk factors of adjacent segment disease following posterior decompression and instrumented fusion for degenerative lumbar disorders

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    Wang, Hui; Ma, Lei; Yang, Dalong; Wang, Tao; Liu, Sen; Yang, Sidong; Ding, Wenyuan

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    Abstract The purpose of this study was to explore incidence and risk factors of adjacent segment disease (ASD) following posterior decompression and instrumented fusion for degenerative lumbar disorders, and hope to provide references in decision making and surgical planning for both spinal surgeon and surgically treated patients. By retrieving the medical records from January 2011 to December 2013 in our hospital, 237 patients were retrospectively reviewed. According to the occurrence of ASD at follow up, patients were divided into 2 groups: ASD and N-ASD group. To investigate risk values for the occurrence of ASD, 3 categorized factors were analyzed statistically: Patient characteristics: age, sex, body mass index (BMI), bone mineral density (BMD), duration. Surgical variables: surgical strategy, number of fusion level, surgery segment, surgery time, blood loss, intraoperative superior facet joint violation. Radiographic parameters: preoperative lumbar lordosis, preoperative angular motion at adjacent segment, preoperative adjacent segment disc degeneration, preoperative paraspinal muscle degeneration. Postoperative ASD was developed in 15 of 237 patients (6.3%) at final follow up. There was no statistically significant difference between the 2 groups in patient characteristics of age, sex composition, BMD, duration, while the BMI was higher in ASD group than that in N-ASD group. There was no difference in surgical variables of surgical strategy, number of fusion level, surgery segment, surgery time, blood loss, while intraoperative superior facet joint violation was more common in ASD group than that in N-ASD group. There was no difference in radiographic parameters of preoperative lumbar lordosis, preoperative paraspinal muscle degeneration, while preoperative adjacent segment disc degeneration were more severe in ASD group than that in N-ASD group. The Logistic regression analysis revealed that, BMI >25 kg/m2, preoperative disc degeneration, and superior

  20. Incidence and risk factors of adjacent segment disease following posterior decompression and instrumented fusion for degenerative lumbar disorders.

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    Wang, Hui; Ma, Lei; Yang, Dalong; Wang, Tao; Liu, Sen; Yang, Sidong; Ding, Wenyuan

    2017-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to explore incidence and risk factors of adjacent segment disease (ASD) following posterior decompression and instrumented fusion for degenerative lumbar disorders, and hope to provide references in decision making and surgical planning for both spinal surgeon and surgically treated patients.By retrieving the medical records from January 2011 to December 2013 in our hospital, 237 patients were retrospectively reviewed. According to the occurrence of ASD at follow up, patients were divided into 2 groups: ASD and N-ASD group. To investigate risk values for the occurrence of ASD, 3 categorized factors were analyzed statistically: Patient characteristics: age, sex, body mass index (BMI), bone mineral density (BMD), duration. Surgical variables: surgical strategy, number of fusion level, surgery segment, surgery time, blood loss, intraoperative superior facet joint violation. Radiographic parameters: preoperative lumbar lordosis, preoperative angular motion at adjacent segment, preoperative adjacent segment disc degeneration, preoperative paraspinal muscle degeneration.Postoperative ASD was developed in 15 of 237 patients (6.3%) at final follow up. There was no statistically significant difference between the 2 groups in patient characteristics of age, sex composition, BMD, duration, while the BMI was higher in ASD group than that in N-ASD group. There was no difference in surgical variables of surgical strategy, number of fusion level, surgery segment, surgery time, blood loss, while intraoperative superior facet joint violation was more common in ASD group than that in N-ASD group. There was no difference in radiographic parameters of preoperative lumbar lordosis, preoperative paraspinal muscle degeneration, while preoperative adjacent segment disc degeneration were more severe in ASD group than that in N-ASD group. The Logistic regression analysis revealed that, BMI >25 kg/m, preoperative disc degeneration, and superior facet joint

  1. Beneficial effects following microsurgical decompression in an adult with congenital thoraco-lumbar kyphoscoliosis with spina bifida aperta and myelomeningocele: an interesting case report.

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    Ghani, Imtiaz; Kroeber, Markus

    2012-08-01

    Case report. To report successful surgical therapy for spinal canal stenosis in an adult patient with congenital thoraco-lumbar kyphoscoliosis with spina bifida aperta and myelomeningocele. A 65-year-old woman with a history of congenital thoraco-lumbar kyphoscoliosis with spina bifida aperta and myelomeningocele presented with severe radicular pain and weakness in her left lower limb. The patient underwent microsurgical decompression at the level of L3/S1 on the left side. Postsurgery, the patient showed significant amount of pain relief and improvement in weakness in the left lower limb. Surgery for spinal canal stenosis in patients with severe thoraco-lumbar scoliosis can be effective in relieving radicular pain, weakness and numbness, and while not curative can greatly improve the quality of life.

  2. Minimally invasive unilateral pedicle screw fixation and lumbar interbody fusion for the treatment of lumbar degenerative disease.

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    Lin, Bin; Xu, Yang; He, Yong; Zhang, Bi; Lin, Qiuyan; He, Mingchang

    2013-08-01

    Minimally invasive unilateral pedicle screw fixation for the treatment of degenerative lumbar diseases has won the support of many surgeons. However, few data are available regarding clinical research on unilateral pedicle screw fixation associated with minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of lumbar spinal diseases. The purpose of this study was to evaluate clinical outcomes in a selected series of patients with lumbar degenerative diseases treated with minimally invasive unilateral vs classic bilateral pedicle screw fixation and lumbar interbody fusion. Patients in the unilateral group (n=43) underwent minimally invasive unilateral pedicle screw fixation with the Quadrant system (Medtronic, Memphis, Tennessee). The bilateral group (n=42) underwent bilateral instrumentation via the classic approach. Visual analog scale pain scores, Oswestry Disability Index scores, fusion rate, operative time, blood loss, and complications were analyzed. Mean operative time was 75 minutes in the unilateral group and 95 minutes in the bilateral group. Mean blood loss was 220 mL in the unilateral group and 450 mL in the bilateral group. Mean postoperative visual analog scale pain score was 3.10±0.16 in the unilateral group and 3.30±1.10 in the bilateral group. Mean postoperative Oswestry Disability Index score was 15.67±2.3 in the unilateral group and 14.93±2.6 in the bilateral group. Successful fusion was achieved in 92.34% of patients in the unilateral group and 93.56% of patients in the bilateral group. Minimally invasive unilateral pedicle screw fixation is an effective and reliable option for the surgical treatment of lumbar degenerative disease. It causes less blood loss, requires less operative time, and has a fusion rate comparable with that of conventional bilateral fixation. Copyright 2013, SLACK Incorporated.

  3. Minimal invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion versus open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion

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    Kulkarni, Arvind G; Bohra, Hussain; Dhruv, Abhilash; Sarraf, Abhishek; Bassi, Anupreet; Patil, Vishwanath M

    2016-01-01

    Background: The aim of the present prospective study is to evaluate whether the touted advantages of minimal invasive-transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF) translate into superior, equal, or inferior outcomes as compared to open-transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (O-TLIF). This is the first study from the Indian subcontinent prospectively comparing the outcomes of MI-TLIF and O-TLIF. Materials and Methods: All consecutive cases of open and MI-TLIF were prospectively followed up. Single-level TLIF procedures for spondylolytic and degenerative conditions (degenerative spondylolisthesis, central disc herniations) operated between January 2011 and January 2013 were included. The pre and postoperative Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) and visual analog scale (VAS) for back pain and leg pain, length of hospital stay, operative time, radiation exposure, quantitative C-reactive protein (QCRP), and blood loss were compared between the two groups. The parameters were statistically analyzed (using IBM® SPSS® Statistics version 17). Results: 129 patients underwent TLIF procedure during the study period of which, 71 patients (46 MI-TLIF and 25 O-TLIF) fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Of these, a further 10 patients were excluded on account of insufficient data and/or no followup. The mean followup was 36.5 months (range 18-54 months). The duration of hospital stay (O-TLIF 5.84 days + 2.249, MI-TLIF 4.11 days + 1.8, P blood loss (open 358.8 ml, MI 111.81 ml, P group. On an average, 57.77 fluoroscopic exposures were required in MI-TLIF which was significantly higher than in O-TLIF (8.2). There was no statistically significant difference in the improvement in ODI and VAS scores in MI-TLIF and O-TLIF groups. The change in QCRP values preoperative and postoperative was significantly lower (P group than in O-TLIF group, indicating lesser tissue trauma. Conclusion: The results in MI TLIF are comparable with O-TLIF in terms of outcomes. The advantages of MI-TLIF are

  4. Preservation of paraspinal muscle after transmuscular approach using a tubular retractor for lumbar decompression surgery

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    Toshiya Tachibana, MD, PhD

    2017-09-01

    Conclusion: The preservation of paraspinal muscle was greater in patients with a tubular retractor than with the subperiosteal approach. Detaching the paraspinal muscle from the lamina may cause partial denervation of the paraspinal muscle and muscle atrophy. Therefore, the transmuscular approach using a tubular retractor may be a less invasive approach for the preservation of paraspinal muscle.

  5. AxiaLIF system: minimally invasive device for presacral lumbar interbody spinal fusion

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    Full Text Available Steven M Rapp1, Larry E Miller2,3, Jon E Block31Michigan Spine Institute, Waterford, MI, USA; 2Miller Scientific Consulting Inc, Biltmore Lake, NC, USA; 3Jon E. Block, Ph.D., Inc., San Francisco, CA, USAAbstract: Lumbar fusion is commonly performed to alleviate chronic low back and leg pain secondary to disc degeneration, spondylolisthesis with or without concomitant lumbar spinal stenosis, or chronic lumbar instability. However, the risk of iatrogenic injury during traditional anterior, posterior, and transforaminal open fusion surgery is significant. The axial lumbar interbody fusion (AxiaLIF system is a minimally invasive fusion device that accesses the lumbar (L4–S1 intervertebral disc spaces via a reproducible presacral approach that avoids critical neurovascular and musculoligamentous structures. Since the AxiaLIF system received marketing clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration in 2004, clinical studies of this device have reported high fusion rates without implant subsidence, significant improvements in pain and function, and low complication rates. This paper describes the design and approach of this lumbar fusion system, details the indications for use, and summarizes the clinical experience with the AxiaLIF system to date.Keywords: AxiaLIF, fusion, lumbar, minimally invasive, presacral

  6. Bilateral versus unilateral interlaminar approach for bilateral decompression in patients with single-level degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis : a multicenter retrospective study of 175 patients on postoperative pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction

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    den Boogert, Hugo F.; Keers, Joost C.; Oterdoom, D. L. Marinus; Kuijlen, Jos M. A.

    2015-01-01

    OBJECT The bilateral and unilateral interlaminar techniques for bilateral decompression both demonstrate good results for the treatment of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (DLSS). Although there is some discussion about which approach is more effective, studies that directly compare these two pop

  7. Bilateral versus unilateral interlaminar approach for bilateral decompression in patients with single-level degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis: a multicenter retrospective study of 175 patients on postoperative pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction

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    Boogert, H.F.; Keers, J.C.; Oterdoom, D.L. Marinus; Kuijlen, J.M.

    2015-01-01

    OBJECT The bilateral and unilateral interlaminar techniques for bilateral decompression both demonstrate good results for the treatment of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (DLSS). Although there is some discussion about which approach is more effective, studies that directly compare these two pop

  8. [TREATMENT OF POST-SPONDYLODESIS, ADJACENT-SEGMENT DISEASE WITH MINIMALLY INVASIVE, ANTEROLATERAL SURGERY ON THE LUMBAR SPINE: IS THERE IS NO NEED FOR DORSAL OPERATION?].

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    Schwarcz, Attila; Szakály, Péter; Büki, András; Dóczi, Tamás

    2015-07-30

    Adjacent segment disease (ASD) occurs with a probability of 30% in the lumbar spine following spinal fusion surgery. Usually advanced degenerative changes happen cranially to the fused lumbar segment. Thus, secondary spinal instability, stenosis, spodylolisthesis, foraminal stenosis can lead to the recurrence of the pain not always amenable to conservative measures. A typical surgical solution to treat ASD consists of posterior revision surgery including decompression, change or extension of the instrumentation and fusion to the rostral level. It results in a larger operation with considerable risk of complications. We present a typical case of ASD treated surgically with a new minimally invasive method not yet performed in Hungary. We use anterolateral abdominal muscle splitting approach to reach the lumbar spine through the retroperitoneum. A discectomy is performed by retracting the psoas muscle dorsally. The intervertebral bony fusion is achieved by implanting a cage with large volume that is stuffed with autologous bone or tricalcium phosphate. A cage with large volume results in excellent annulus fibrosus tension, immediate stability and provides large surface for bony fusion. A stand-alone cage construct can be supplemented with lateral screw/rod/plate fixation. The advantage of the new technique for the treatment of ASD includes minimal blood loss, short operation time, significantly less postoperative pain and much lower complication rate.

  9. Infection with bacteroides thetaiotaomicron during posterior decompression and dynamic stabilization of the lumbar spine: a case report and review of the literature.

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    Agarwal, Nitin; Hansberry, David R; Goldstein, Ira M

    2014-08-01

    Patient and surgical risk factors have often been implicated for postoperative posterior spinal wound infection. A 56-year-old male with widely disseminated multiple myeloma presented with severe back pain and lower extremity weakness as a result of fracture and collapse of the L4 vertebral body. Posterior decompression involving bilateral pedicle resection and partial L4 corpectomy was performed. Stabilization was performed by Dynesys instrumentation of L3-5, screw supplementation with polymethylmethacrylate, and posterolateral fusion was performed. Postoperatively, the patient suffered from multiple infections, including Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, which were eventually resolved with antibiotic as well as incision and debridement treatment regimens. In cases with numerous perioperative risk factors for infections, the best therapeutic approach may be a preventative one. An understanding of the relevant risk factors may enable the physician to facilitate a perioperative condition best suited for optimal treatment. A case report of infection with Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron during lumbar decompression and dynamic stabilization as well as a review of the literature regarding infection risk factors are presented.

  10. Minimally Invasive Tubular Resection of Lumbar Synovial Cysts: Report of 40 Consecutive Cases.

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    Birch, Barry D; Aoun, Rami James N; Elbert, Gregg A; Patel, Naresh P; Krishna, Chandan; Lyons, Mark K

    2016-10-01

    Lumbar synovial cysts are a relatively common clinical finding. Surgical treatment of symptomatic synovial cysts includes computed tomography-guided aspiration, open resection and minimally invasive tubular resection. We report our series of 40 consecutive minimally invasive microscopic tubular lumbar synovial cyst resections. Following Institutional Review Board approval, a retrospective analysis of 40 cases of minimally invasive microscopic tubular retractor synovial cyst resections at a single institution by a single surgeon (B.D.B.) was conducted. Gross total resection was performed in all cases. Patient characteristics, surgical operating time, complications, and outcomes were analyzed. Lumbar radiculopathy was the presenting symptoms in all but 1 patient, who presented with neurogenic claudication. The mean duration of symptoms was 6.5 months (range, 1-25 months), mean operating time was 58 minutes (range, 25-110 minutes), and mean blood loss was 20 mL (range, 5-50 mL). Seven patients required overnight observation. The median length of stay in the remaining 33 patients was 4 hours. There were 2 cerebrospinal fluid leaks repaired directly without sequelae. The mean follow-up duration was 80.7 months. Outcomes were good or excellent in 37 of the 40 patients, fair in 1 patient, and poor in 2 patients. Minimally invasive microscopic tubular retractor resection of lumbar synovial cysts can be done safely and with comparable outcomes and complication rates as open procedures with potentially reduced operative time, length of stay, and healthcare costs. Patient selection for microscopic tubular synovial cyst resection is based in part on the anatomy of the spine and synovial cyst and is critical when recommending minimally invasive vs. open resection to patients. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Minimally invasive surgery for lumbar synovial cysts with coexisting degenerative spondylolisthesis.

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    Denis, Daniel R; Hirt, Daniel; Shah, Saumya; Lu, Daniel C; Holly, Langston T

    2016-01-01

    About one third of lumbar synovial cysts are associated with degenerative spondylolisthesis. Segmental instability is thought to contribute to the pathogenesis and recurrence of synovial cysts and lumbar fusion has been advocated as a treatment of choice in the presence of spondylolisthesis. In patients with spondylolisthesis, minimally invasive resection of lumbar synovial cysts, without fusion, could minimize surgically induced segmental instability while providing good pain relief. Clinical and radiological outcomes of lumbar synovial cyst patients with and without spondylolisthesis were retrospectively compared. Pain outcomes were assessed with modified Macnab criteria. Fifty-three patients (18 with grade 1 spondylolisthesis) underwent minimally invasive synovial cyst resection and all had either excellent or good pain outcome at ≤ 8 post- operative weeks (P = 1.000, n = 53). At > 8 post-operative weeks (mean (SD) follow-up of 200 (175) weeks), excellent or good outcomes were noted in 89% of patients without spondylolisthesis and in 75% of patients with spondylolisthesis (P = 0.425, n = 40). Four patients developed a new grade 1 spondylolisthesis at a mean follow-up of 2.6 ± 2.1 years. Nine patients were assessed for spondylolisthesis measurements at 1.2 ± 1.3 years of follow up and no significant difference was observed (5 ± 0 vs 5 ± 1 mm; P = 0.791). Two patients without spondylolisthesis and none of the patients with spondylolisthesis had a synovial cyst recurrence. Patients with concomitant lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis and synovial cyst can have good short- and long-term clinical outcomes with minimally invasive surgery without fusion. Post-operative segmental instability does not appear to be significant in patients with spondylolisthesis. All patients included in this article signed an informed consent for the use of their medical information for research.

  12. Minimally invasive surgery for lumbar synovial cysts with coexisting degenerative spondylolisthesis

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    Hirt, Daniel; Shah, Saumya; Lu, Daniel C.; Holly, Langston T.

    2016-01-01

    Background About one third of lumbar synovial cysts are associated with degenerative spondylolisthesis. Segmental instability is thought to contribute to the pathogenesis and recurrence of synovial cysts and lumbar fusion has been advocated as a treatment of choice in the presence of spondylolisthesis. In patients with spondylolisthesis, minimally invasive resection of lumbar synovial cysts, without fusion, could minimize surgically induced segmental instability while providing good pain relief. Methods Clinical and radiological outcomes of lumbar synovial cyst patients with and without spondylolisthesis were retrospectively compared. Pain outcomes were assessed with modified Macnab criteria. Results Fifty-three patients (18 with grade 1 spondylolisthesis) underwent minimally invasive synovial cyst resection and all had either excellent or good pain outcome at ≤ 8 post- operative weeks (P = 1.000, n = 53). At > 8 post-operative weeks (mean (SD) follow-up of 200 (175) weeks), excellent or good outcomes were noted in 89% of patients without spondylolisthesis and in 75% of patients with spondylolisthesis (P = 0.425, n = 40). Four patients developed a new grade 1 spondylolisthesis at a mean follow-up of 2.6 ± 2.1 years. Nine patients were assessed for spondylolisthesis measurements at 1.2 ± 1.3 years of follow up and no significant difference was observed (5 ± 0 vs 5 ± 1 mm; P = 0.791). Two patients without spondylolisthesis and none of the patients with spondylolisthesis had a synovial cyst recurrence. Conclusion Patients with concomitant lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis and synovial cyst can have good short- and long-term clinical outcomes with minimally invasive surgery without fusion. Post-operative segmental instability does not appear to be significant in patients with spondylolisthesis. All patients included in this article signed an informed consent for the use of their medical information for research. PMID:27909658

  13. Nucleus pulposus atherectomy decompression and ozone nucleolysis combine lumbar traction in the treatment of central type lumbar disc herniation%髓核旋切臭氧牵引联合治疗腰椎间盘突出症

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    苏启超; 王建光; 耿海涛; 李海芳; 朱春阳; 贾艳玲

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinic technique and effect of treating lumbar disc herniation (LDH) with decompressor and ozone injection combined lumbar traction after surgery.Methods 110 contained LDH patients were randomly divided into two group:decompressor and ozone group,decompressor and ozone combined lumbar traction after surgery group.Under the guidance of CT,fifty-five patients in group A were treated by disc decompression with Decompressor through poster olateral approach,then ozone was injected into the lumbar disc or out side the lumbar disc,and the other fifty-five patients in group B were treated by lumbar traction after surgery that disc decompression and ozone injection same as the group A in once a day and one week of treatment.The theraputic effect was evaluated by comparing VAS,effective rate of therapy before and after treatment.Results The VAS score of two groups at 1,3,7 days between pre-and post-treatment had singificantly different(t =2.159,2.163,2.169,2.167,2.173,2.192,all P <0.05).110 case were followed up after 6 and 12 months,The good-excellent rate of therapy in B group 12 months were better than those of A group (χ2 =74.23,75.11,all P<0.05).Conclusion Decompressor combined ozone injection and lumbar traction after surgery is an effective menthod for treatment of the central type mbar disc herniation.%目的 观察经皮穿刺髓核旋切减压与腰椎间盘臭氧注射联合术后牵引的综合治疗方案用于中央型腰椎间盘突出症的疗效.方法 110例腰椎间盘突出症患者随机分为两组,A组55例Decompressor髓核旋切器,采用经典的后外侧穿刺入路,行经皮髓核旋切腰椎间盘减压术,然后向腰椎间盘内、外注射臭氧;B组55例,在A组的治疗方案基础上,手术后当天开始行连续7d腰椎牵引.予以治疗前和治疗后VAS评分、评价两组疗效并随访观察.结果 两组治疗后1d、3d、7 d VAS评分与治疗前差异有统计学意义(t=2.159、2.163、2.169、2

  14. MICROSURGICAL LANDMARKS IN MINIMALLY INVASIVE TRANSFORAMINAL LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION

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    Javier Quillo-Olvera

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    Full Text Available Microsurgical landmarks of the facet joint complex were defined to provide guidance and security within the tubular retractor during transforaminal surgery. A retrospective observational study was performed in segments L4-L5 by the left side approach. Microsurgical relevant photos, anatomical models and drawing were used to expose the suggested landmarks. The MI-TLIF technique has advantages compared with conventional open TLIF technique, however minimally invasive technique implies lack of security for the surgeon due to the lack of defined microanatomical landmarks compared to open spine surgery, and disorientation within the tubular retractor, the reason why to have precise microsurgical references and its recognition within the surgical field provide speed and safety when performing minimally invasive technique.

  15. Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion: A Perspective on Current Evidence and Clinical Knowledge

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    Ali Habib

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper reviews the current published data regarding open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF in relation to minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF. Introduction. MI-TLIF, a modern method for lumbar interbody arthrodesis, has allowed for a minimally invasive method to treat degenerative spinal pathologies. Currently, there is limited literature that compares TLIF directly to MI-TLIF. Thus, we seek to discuss the current literature on these techniques. Methods. Using a PubMed search, we reviewed recent publications of open and MI-TLIF, dating from 2002 to 2012. We discussed these studies and their findings in this paper, focusing on patient-reported outcomes as well as complications. Results. Data found in 14 articles of the literature was analyzed. Using these reports, we found mean follow-up was 20 months. The mean patient study size was 52. Seven of the articles directly compared outcomes of open TLIF with MI-TLIF, such as mean duration of surgery, length of post-operative stay, blood loss, and complications. Conclusion. Although high-class data comparing these two techniques is lacking, the current evidence supports MI-TLIF with outcomes comparable to that of the traditional, open technique. Further prospective, randomized studies will help to further our understanding of this minimally invasive technique.

  16. 经皮激光汽化减压术治疗腰椎间盘突出症的临床应用进展%Updates on the Clinical Application of Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression to the treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniation

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    赵继荣; 孟彧; 陈文

    2013-01-01

    微创介入手术做为治疗腰椎间盘突出症(lumbar disc herniation,LDH)的有效方式在临床治疗中已得到肯定,其中经皮激光汽化减压术(percutaneous laser disc decompression,PLDD)是微创介入手术中较为理想的一种治疗方式.自1987年首次在临床应用并取得较好的疗效以来,PLDD治疗LDH已有20多年历史,本文就PLDD的研究背景及治疗原理、适应证及禁忌证、PLDD手术的应用现况、最新进展、存在的问题及展望等进行简要综述.%Minimally invasive operating methods have been proved to be effective interventions for lumbar disc herniation ( LDH) in clinic, especially among which percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD) is one of the ideal strategy. PLDD has been applied successfully to LDH for 20 years since 1987, the first time when it was used on LDH and achieved satisfied effect in clinic. In this paper, we summarized the research background, treating principle, indications, contraindications, application status, the latest progress, problems and prospects on PLDD.

  17. 腰椎后路减压术后预后及稳定性的相关因素分析%Relative factors for lumbar stability after lumbar posterior decompression

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    高中玉; 马信龙; 王沛; 姜文学

    2011-01-01

    [Objective] To study the relationship between the extention in the posterior lumbar structure resection and postoperative outcomes and lumbar stability, and to analyse the probable relative factors. [ Methods ] The postoperative outcome and lumbar stability were analyzed retrospectively. [ Results] The patients with lumbar stenosis syndrome had good outcome from the decompressive laminectomy. No instability was found in patients with unsatisfactory postoperative clinical outcome. The outcomes had no correlation with the number of segments in facetectomy and laminectomy. [ Conclusion ] Different posterior resection extents for preoperative stability did not induce lumbar instability during the follow -up periods, suggesting that the human body has the ability of compensating and repairing the injury. Decreasing the tissue injury during operation may benefit the tissue healing and stability regaining.%[目的]探讨腰椎后路手术不同程度地切除后部结构与术后脊柱稳定性的关系,以及在腰椎后部结构切除后的机体反应和机械稳定性改变,分析机体对自身稳定性损伤修复的能力及机制.[方法]对腰椎术后稳定性表现进行临床回顾分析.[结果]对临床病例的总结显示腰椎板切除减压手术对退行性腰椎管狭窄症效果满意,通过对手术改善率低者的影像学检查,未见手术节段椎间不稳定发生;腰椎板切除减压手术临床结果与术前JOA评分、年龄、手术涉及的小关节数、椎板减压节段数没有相关性;术后功能恢复率与术后时间长短及病史长短有统计学负相关性.[结论]在术前无失稳存在时不同范围和程度的腰椎后部结构切除均可获得满意的临床效果,并未造成随访时限内的腰椎不稳定的发生,提示机体对损伤具有修复代偿的能力.

  18. Clinical efficacy of three different minimally invasive procedures for far lateral lumbar disc herniation

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    LIU Tao; ZHOU Yue; WANG Jian; CHU Tong-wei; LI Chang-qing; ZHANG Zheng-feng; ZHANG Chad; ZHENG Wen-jie

    2012-01-01

    Background Far lateral lumbar disc hemiation (FLLDH) accounts for 2.6% to 11.7% of all lumbar herniated discs.Numerous surgical approaches have been described for treating this condition.The purpose of this study was to evaluate minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of FLLDH.Methoda From June 2000 to March 2006,52 patients with FLLDH were treated with minimally invasive procedures.All patients were assessed by anteroposterior and lateral roentgenography and computed tomography (CT).Some patients underwent myelography,discography,and magnetic resonance imaging.Procedures performed included Yeung Endoscopy Spine System (YESS) (n=25),METRx MicroDiscectomy System (n=13),and X-tube (n=14).Patients were followed up for a mean of 13.5 months.Clinical outcomes were assessed using a visual analog scale (VAS) and Nakai criteria.Results All 3 procedures significantly improved radiating leg symptoms (P <0.005).After surgery,84.0%,84.6%,and 92.8% of patients in the YESS,METRx,and X-tube groups had excellent or good outcomes.There were no statistically significant differences of VAS scores between the groups.The YESS procedure was associated with the shortest operation time,simplest anesthesia,and least trauma compared with the other 2 procedures,especially for type Ⅰherniations.The METRx procedure was the most suitable for type Ⅱ herniations and posterior endoscopic facetectomy.Posterior lumbar interbody fusion and unilateral pedicle screw instrumentation with X-tube was the most suitable for herniations combined with degenerative lumbar instability (type Ⅲ).Conclusion Minimally invasive strategies and options should be determined with reference to the type of FLLDH.

  19. Minimal invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion versus open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion

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    Arvind G Kulkarni

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: The results in MI TLIF are comparable with O-TLIF in terms of outcomes. The advantages of MI-TLIF are lesser blood loss, shorter hospital stay, lesser tissue trauma, and early mobilization. The challenges of MI-TLIF lie in the steep learning curve and significant radiation exposure. The ultimate success of TLIF lies in the execution of the procedure, and in this respect the ability to achieve similar results using a minimally invasive technique makes MI-TLIF an attractive alternative.

  20. Minimally invasive lateral trans-psoas approach for tuberculosis of lumbar spine

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    Nitin Garg

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Anterior, posterolateral and posterior approaches are used for managing lumbar tuberculosis. Minimally invasive methods are being used increasingly for various disorders of the spine. This report presents the utility of lateral trans-psoas approach to the lumbar spine (LS using minimal access techniques, also known as direct lateral lumbar interbody fusion in 2 cases with tuberculosis of LS. Two patients with tuberculosis at L2-3 and L4-5 presented with back pain. Both had destruction and deformity of the vertebral body. The whole procedure comprising debridement and placement of iliac crest graft was performed using tubular retractors and was augmented by posterior fixation using percutaneous transpedicular screws. Both patients recovered well with no significant procedure related morbidity. Post-operative computed tomography scans showed appropriate position of the graft and instrumentation. At follow-up, both patients are ambulant with no progression of the deformity. Minimal access direct lateral transpsoas approach can be used for debridement and reconstruction of ventral column in tuberculous of Lumbar spine. This paper highlights the growing applications of minimal access surgery for spine.

  1. Effects on inadvertent endplate fracture following lateral cage placement on range of motion and indirect spine decompression in lumbar spine fusion constructs: A cadaveric study

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    Santoni, Brandon G.; Alexander, Gerald E.; Nayak, Aniruddh; Cabezas, Andres; Marulanda, German A.; Murtagh, Ryan; Castellvi, Antonio E.

    2013-01-01

    Background The lateral transpsoas approach to interbody fusion is gaining popularity. Existing literature suggests that perioperative vertebra-related complications include endplate breach owing to aggressive enedplate preparation and poor bone quality. The acute effects of cage subsidence on stabilization and indirect decompression at the affected level are unknown. The purpose of this study was to compare the kinematics and radiographic metrics of indirect decompression in lumbar spines instrumented with laterally placed cages in the presence of inadvertent endplate fracture, which was determined radiographically, to specimens instrumented with lateral cages with intact endplates. Methods Five levels in 5 specimens sustained endplate fracture during lateral cage implantation followed by supplementary fixation (pedicle screw/rod [PSR]: n = 1; anterolateral plate [ALP]: n = 4), as part of a larger laboratory-based study. Range of motion (ROM) in these specimens was compared with 13 instrumented specimens with intact endplates. All specimens were scanned using computed tomography (CT) in the intact, noninstrumented condition and after 2-level cage placement with internal fixation under a 400-N follower load. Changes in disc height, foraminal area, and canal area were measured and compared between specimens with intact endplates and fractured endplates. Results Subsidence in the single PSR specimen and 4 ALP specimens was 6.5 mm and 4.3 ± 2.7 mm (range: 2.2–8.3 mm), respectively. ROM was increased in the PSR and ALP specimens with endplate fracture when compared with instrumented specimens with intact endplates. In 3 ALP specimens with endplate fracture, ROM in some motion planes increased relative to the intact, noninstrumented spine. These increases in ROM were paralleled by increase in cage translations during cyclic loading (up to 3.3 mm) and an unpredictable radiographic outcome with increases or decreases in posterior disc height, foraminal area, and canal

  2. Minimally Invasive Direct Repair of Bilateral Lumbar Spine Pars Defects in Athletes

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    Gabriel A. Widi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Spondylolysis of the lumbar spine has traditionally been treated using a variety of techniques ranging from conservative care to fusion. Direct repair of the defect may be utilized in young adult patients without significant disc degeneration and lumbar instability. We used minimally invasive techniques to place pars interarticularis screws with the use of an intraoperative CT scanner in three young adults, including two athletes. This technique is a modification of the original procedure in 1970 by Buck, and it offers the advantage of minimal muscle dissection and optimal screw trajectory. There were no intra- or postoperative complications. The detailed operative procedure and the postoperative course along with a brief review of pars interarticularis defect treatment are discussed.

  3. Lumbar decompression and fusion in elderly osteoporotic patients: a prospective study using less rigid titanium rod fixation.

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    Cavagna, Remi; Tournier, Clement; Aunoble, Stephane; Bouler, Jean M; Antonietti, Pierre; Ronai, Martin; Le Huec, Jean-Charles

    2008-04-01

    A 2 to 4-year clinical and radiologic prospective study was conducted for 39 patients over the age of 65 treated by lumbar arthrodesis. Evaluate the quality of lumbar arthrodesis results in elderly patients, in which the bone osteoporosis (poor quality of the spine's anatomic components) and general factors (frequent comorbidity) are likely to make this surgery difficult if not dangerous and evaluate a dedicated instrumentation for osteoporotic bone. Thirty-nine patients over 65 years of age (average 73 y) underwent arthrodesis surgery in 2001 and 2002 and were followed for at least 2 years. The instrumentation used (Equation, Medtronic, Memphis, USA) was selected for its mechanical properties adapted for bone of poor mechanical quality. The clinical analysis was based on Oswestry, Visual Analog Scale, and Japanese Orthopaedic Association scores. Radiologic results were evaluated on standard anteroposterior, lateral, and 3/4 radiographs, and computed tomography scans if necessary. All the patients were followed for 2 to 4 years. Clinical analysis confirmed a very satisfactory progression of the clinical parameters such as lumbar and radicular pain, and the results were maintained between the first and second years and at last follow-up. No serious general complication or need for reoperation was seen in this series. On x-rays, 35 grafts appear to have fused. The anchors did not come out nor did the instrumentation come apart. On the other hand, 2-year radiographs revealed that 2 screws and 2 rods had failed, but this did not affect correction in the 4 completely asymptomatic patients. These 4 cases are considered stable at last follow-up. Arthrodesis for elderly patients will undoubtedly increase in the coming years. The conditions for this surgery are different than those for younger patients and it is desirable to try to provide reliable surgical techniques and solutions regarding options for instrumentation and overall perioperative care for these fragile

  4. Combined anterior and posterior decompression and short segment fixation for unstable burst fractures in the dorso lumbar region.

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    Ramani P

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available The dorso lumbar segment of spine (D10 to L2 is an unstable zone between fixed dorsal and mobile lumbar spine. A combined anterior and posterior approach with short segment stabilization was found most appropriate. Thirty cases were treated over a period of 4 years and 6 months. There were 26 male and 4 female patients with mean age of 32.6 years. L1 vertebra was fractured in 17 cases, D1 in 8 cases, D11 in 4 cases and D10 in one case. 14 cases had total neurological deficit, 9 cases had partial and 7 had no neurological deficit. We have used three column classification of Denis to assess the cases. Seven patients returned to regular physical work, 5 had restricted physical work, 5 remained in full time light job and 9 patients were unable to return to original job but did some work. Most had flaccid paraplegia but 4 patients were completely disabled due to spastic paraplegia. Neurological recovery occurred in all the patients with partial paralysis, and appeared to be dependent on initial kyphosis. The overall recovery rate varied from 50% to 90%. There is no correlation between canal compromise and severity of injury. Neurological injury occured at the time of trauma, rather than as a result of pressure of fragment in the canal. No strong conclusion could be drawn to say that the results of surgery were superior to non-operative treatment.

  5. Do Lumbar Decompression and Fusion Patients Recall Their Preoperative Status?: A Cohort Study of Recall Bias in Patient-Reported Outcomes.

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    Aleem, Ilyas S; Duncan, Jonathan; Ahmed, Amin M; Zarrabian, Mohammad; Eck, Jason; Rhee, John; Clarke, Michelle; Currier, Bradford L; Nassr, Ahmad

    2017-01-15

    Prospective cohort study. To characterize the accuracy of patient recollection of preoperative symptoms after lumbar spine surgery. Although patient-reported outcomes have become important in the evaluation of spine surgery patients, the accuracy of patient recall remains unknown. Patients undergoing lumbar decompression with or without fusion were enrolled. Back and leg Numeric Pain Scores and Oswestry Disability Indices were recorded preoperatively. Patients were asked to recall their preoperative status at a minimum of 1 year after surgery. Actual and recalled scores were compared using paired t tests and relations were quantified using Pearson correlation coefficients. Multivariable linear regression was used to identify factors that affected recollection. Sixty-two patients with a mean age of 66.1 years were included. Compared to their preoperative scores, patients showed significant improvement in back pain (mean difference [MD] = -3.2, 95% CI -4.0 to -2.4), leg pain (MD -3.3, 95% CI -4.3 to -2.2), and disability (MD -25.0%, 95% CI -28.7 to -19.6). Patient recollection of preoperative status was significantly more severe than actual for back pain (MD +2.3, 95% CI 1.5-3.2), leg pain (MD +1.8, 95% CI 0.9-2.7), and disability (MD +9.6%, 95% CI 5.6-14.0). No significant correlation between actual and recalled scores with regards to back (r = 0.18) or leg (r = 0.24) pain and only moderate correlation with disability (r = 0.44) were seen. This was maintained across age, sex, and time between date of surgery and recollection. More than 40% of patients switched their predominant symptom from back pain to leg pain or leg pain to back pain on recall. Relying on patient recollection does not provide an accurate measure of preoperative status after lumbar spine surgery. Recall bias indicates the importance of obtaining true baseline scores and patient-reported outcomes prospectively and not retrospectively. 2.

  6. Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion

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    Hughes, Alexander; Girardi, Federico; Sama, Andrew; Lebl, Darren; Cammisa, Frank

    2015-01-01

    The lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) is a relatively new technique that allows the surgeon to access the intervertebral space from a direct lateral approach either anterior to or through the psoas muscle. This approach provides an alternative to anterior lumbar interbody fusion with instrumentation, posterior lumbar interbody fusion, and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for anterior column support. LLIF is minimally invasive, safe, better structural support from the apophyseal ring, potential for coronal plane deformity correction, and indirect decompression, which have has made this technique popular. LLIF is currently being utilized for a variety of pathologies including but not limited to adult de novo lumbar scoliosis, central and foraminal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and adjacent segment degeneration. Although early clinical outcomes have been good, the potential for significant neurological and vascular vertebral endplate complications exists. Nevertheless, LLIF is a promising technique with the potential to more effectively treat complex adult de novo scoliosis and achieve predictable fusion while avoiding the complications of traditional anterior surgery and posterior interbody techniques. PMID:26713134

  7. Mast Quadrant-assisted Minimally Invasive Modified Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Single Incision Versus Double Incision

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    Xin-Lei Xia; Hong-Li Wang; Fei-Zhou Lyu; Li-Xun Wang; Xiao-Sheng Ma; Jian-Yuan Jiang

    2015-01-01

    Background:The concept of minimally invasive techniques is to make every effort to reduce tissue damage.Certainly,reducing skin incision is an important part of these techniques.This study aimed to investigate the clinical feasibility of Mast Quadrant-assisted modified transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) with a small single posterior median incision.Methods:During the period of March 2011 to March 2012,34 patients with single-segment degenerative lumbar disease underwent the minimally invasive modified TLIF assisted by Mast Quadrant with a small single posterior median incision (single incision group).The cases in this group were compared to 37 patients with single-segment degenerative lumbar disease in the double incision group.The perioperative conditions of patients in these two groups were statistically analyzed and compared.The Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) scores,Visual Analog Scale (VAS) scores,and sacrospinalis muscle damage evaluation indicators before operation and 3,12 months postoperation were compared.Results:A total of 31 and 35 cases in the single incision and double incision groups,respectively,completed at least 12 months of systemic follow-up.The differences in perioperative conditions between the two groups were not statistically significant.The incision length of the single incision group was significantly shorter than that of the double incision group (P < 0.01).The ODI and VAS scores of patients in both groups improved significantly at 3 and 12 months postoperation.However,these two indicators at 3 and 12 months postoperation and the sacrospinalis muscle damage evaluation indicators at 3 months postoperation did not differ significantly between the two groups (P ≥ 0.05).Conclusions:Mast Quadrant-assisted modified TLIF with a small single posterior median incision has excellent clinical feasibility compared to minimally invasive TLIF with a double paramedian incision.

  8. Mast Quadrant-assisted Minimally Invasive Modified Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Single Incision Versus Double Incision

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    Xin-Lei Xia

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The concept of minimally invasive techniques is to make every effort to reduce tissue damage. Certainly, reducing skin incision is an important part of these techniques. This study aimed to investigate the clinical feasibility of Mast Quadrant-assisted modified transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF with a small single posterior median incision. Methods: During the period of March 2011 to March 2012, 34 patients with single-segment degenerative lumbar disease underwent the minimally invasive modified TLIF assisted by Mast Quadrant with a small single posterior median incision (single incision group. The cases in this group were compared to 37 patients with single-segment degenerative lumbar disease in the double incision group. The perioperative conditions of patients in these two groups were statistically analyzed and compared. The Oswestry Disability Index (ODI scores, Visual Analog Scale (VAS scores, and sacrospinalis muscle damage evaluation indicators before operation and 3, 12 months postoperation were compared. Results: A total of 31 and 35 cases in the single incision and double incision groups, respectively, completed at least 12 months of systemic follow-up. The differences in perioperative conditions between the two groups were not statistically significant. The incision length of the single incision group was significantly shorter than that of the double incision group (P < 0.01. The ODI and VAS scores of patients in both groups improved significantly at 3 and 12 months postoperation. However, these two indicators at 3 and 12 months postoperation and the sacrospinalis muscle damage evaluation indicators at 3 months postoperation did not differ significantly between the two groups (P ≥ 0.05. Conclusions: Mast Quadrant-assisted modified TLIF with a small single posterior median incision has excellent clinical feasibility compared to minimally invasive TLIF with a double paramedian incision.

  9. Minimally-invasive posterior lumbar stabilization for degenerative low back pain and sciatica. A review.

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    Bonaldi, G; Brembilla, C; Cianfoni, A

    2015-05-01

    The most diffused surgical techniques for stabilization of the painful degenerated and instable lumbar spine, represented by transpedicular screws and rods instrumentation with or without interbody cages or disk replacements, require widely open and/or difficult and poorly anatomical accesses. However, such surgical techniques and approaches, although still considered "standard of care", are burdened by high costs, long recovery times and several potential complications. Hence the effort to open new minimally-invasive surgical approaches to eliminate painful abnormal motion. The surgical and radiological communities are exploring, since more than a decade, alternative, minimally-invasive or even percutaneous techniques to fuse and lock an instable lumbar segment. Another promising line of research is represented by the so-called dynamic stabilization (non-fusion or motion preservation back surgery), which aims to provide stabilization to the lumbar spinal units (SUs), while maintaining their mobility and function. Risk of potential complications of traditional fusion methods (infection, CSF leaks, harvest site pain, instrumentation failure) are reduced, particularly transitional disease (i.e., the biomechanical stresses imposed on the adjacent segments, resulting in delayed degenerative changes in adjacent facet joints and discs). Dynamic stabilization modifies the distribution of loads within the SU, moving them away from sensitive (painful) areas of the SU. Basic biomechanics of the SU will be discussed, to clarify the mode of action of the different posterior stabilization devices. Most devices are minimally invasive or percutaneous, thus accessible to radiologists' interventional practice. Devices will be described, together with indications for patient selection, surgical approaches and possible complications.

  10. Minimally-invasive posterior lumbar stabilization for degenerative low back pain and sciatica. A review

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    Bonaldi, G., E-mail: bbonaldi@yahoo.com [Neuroradiology Department, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo (Italy); Brembilla, C. [Department of neurosurgery, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo (Italy); Cianfoni, A. [Neuroradiology of Neurocenter of Italian Switzerland, Lugano, CH (Switzerland)

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    The most diffused surgical techniques for stabilization of the painful degenerated and instable lumbar spine, represented by transpedicular screws and rods instrumentation with or without interbody cages or disk replacements, require widely open and/or difficult and poorly anatomical accesses. However, such surgical techniques and approaches, although still considered “standard of care”, are burdened by high costs, long recovery times and several potential complications. Hence the effort to open new minimally-invasive surgical approaches to eliminate painful abnormal motion. The surgical and radiological communities are exploring, since more than a decade, alternative, minimally-invasive or even percutaneous techniques to fuse and lock an instable lumbar segment. Another promising line of research is represented by the so-called dynamic stabilization (non-fusion or motion preservation back surgery), which aims to provide stabilization to the lumbar spinal units (SUs), while maintaining their mobility and function. Risk of potential complications of traditional fusion methods (infection, CSF leaks, harvest site pain, instrumentation failure) are reduced, particularly transitional disease (i.e., the biomechanical stresses imposed on the adjacent segments, resulting in delayed degenerative changes in adjacent facet joints and discs). Dynamic stabilization modifies the distribution of loads within the SU, moving them away from sensitive (painful) areas of the SU. Basic biomechanics of the SU will be discussed, to clarify the mode of action of the different posterior stabilization devices. Most devices are minimally invasive or percutaneous, thus accessible to radiologists’ interventional practice. Devices will be described, together with indications for patient selection, surgical approaches and possible complications.

  11. Endoscopic transforaminal lumbar decompression, interbody fusion and pedicle screw fixation——a report of 42 cases

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    ZHOU Yue; ZHANG Chao; WANG Jian; CHU Tong-wei; LI Chang-qing; ZHANG Zheng-feng; ZHENG Wen-jie

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the surgical procedure of endoscopic transforminal discectomy, bone grafting and Dynalok pedicle screw fixation under X-Tube operation system in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation combined with segmental instability and/or pars defected spondylolithesis. Methods: From June 2004 to May 2006, 42 patients with classic features of lumbar disc herniation combined with segmental instability and/or pars defected spondylolithesis underwent endoscopic transforminal lumbar interbody fusion TLIF. Under the guidance of fluoroscopy, a 2.8 to 3.0 cm incision with 4.5 to 5.0 cm apart from the posterior middle line was made on the symptomatic side and the working portal X-Tube was docked unilaterally on the facet joint. A total facetectomy was then performed to expose neural foramina and nerve root. Discectomy and endplate preparation were completed through the tube. A Telamon cage was placed obliquely into the intervertebral space after interbody grafting, and then the Dynalok pedicle screw fixation sys- tem was performed. This procedure was accomplished on the lateral side when it is necessary. Results: Clinical outcomes were determined using the Oswestry Disability Index ODI which revealed that 62.2% of patients got excellent results, 29.2% good and 8.6% fair. The average hospital stay was 12.5 days 5-25 days. Operation time averaged 240 min 110-320 min, blood loss averaged 140 ml 80-420 ml and incision length averaged 3 cm 2.8-3.2 cm. Five patients had complications including wound infection in 1 case, incision dehiscence and focal skin necrosis in 1, progressive radicular pain of contralat-eral leg in 1 and residual radicular numbness after transient radicular pain in 2. Conclusions: This surgical procedure of endoscopic transforminal diskectomy, bone grafting, cage placement and pedicle screw fixation can be effectively accomplished under X-Tube operation system with predominant benefits such as small incision, less stripping of paraspinal muscles

  12. 退变性腰椎管狭窄症的腰后路减压椎间植骨融合术治疗观察%The Treatment Observation of Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosisby Posterior Lumbar Decompression and Interbody Fusion

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    赖征文; 李敏; 李平安; 刘云彬

    2011-01-01

    Objective:Observed the treatment effect of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis by posterior lumbar decompression and interbody fusion.Methods:42 patients admitted to our hospital with degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis were divided into two groups,the control group were taken a simple decompression,the treatment group were taken by lumbar posterior decompression and interbody fusion surgery,compared the efficacy and prognosis of two groups.Results:The treatment group,the three time periods JOA scores are significantly better than the control group,P>0.05.Conclusion:The lumbar posterior decompression and interbody fusion can improve the symptoms,the effect last stability,is a good treatment option.%目的:观察腰后路减压椎间植骨融合术对于退变性腰椎管狭窄症的治疗效果.方法:将本院收治的42例退变性腰椎管狭窄症患者分为两组,对照组采取单纯减压术,治疗组采取经腰后路减压椎间植骨融合术,对比两组的近期疗效及预后情况.结果:治疗组在三个时间段的JOA评分均明显优于对照组,P>0.05.结论:经腰后路减压椎间植骨融合术可有效改善患者的症状,效果持久稳定,是一种良好的治疗选择.

  13. Associated lumbar scoliosis does not affect outcomes in patients undergoing focal minimally invasive surgery-transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MISTLIF) for neurogenic symptoms-a minimum 2-year follow-up study.

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    Tay, Kae Sian; Bassi, Anupreet; Yeo, William; Yue, Wai Mun

    2017-01-01

    There is no current literature comparing outcomes of patients with and without lumbar scoliosis having neurologic symptoms undergoing minimally invasive surgery-transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MISTLIF) technique. This study aimed to determine whether associated lumbar scoliosis will result in different clinical, radiological, and operative outcomes in patients undergoing focal MISTLIF for neurogenic symptoms, without specific correction of the scoliosis. A retrospective case comparison study from prospectively collected hospital registry data was carried out. Two hundred and thirty eligible patients were evaluated and divided into two groups: Scoliosis Group (SG; n=57) with Cobb angle >10 degrees on anterioposterior (AP) plain lumbar spine radiographs and Non-Scoliosis Group (NSG; n=173) consisting of the remaining patients. Clinical outcomes were assessed using the Oswestry Disability Index, the North American Spine Society (NASS) Neurogenic Symptom Score, the NASS Satisfaction with Surgery Rating, the 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36), and the Numerical Pain Rating Scale for back and leg pain. Radiological findings included Cobb angle, fusion, implant failure or loosening, and adjacent segment degeneration (ASD). Both groups were compared for demographics, perioperative parameters, complications, clinical, and radiological outcomes. Interobserver agreement (kappa statistics) for measurement of Cobb angle was calculated on all cases of both groups by two authors. Patients were evaluated preoperatively, at 6 months, and 2 years after surgery. The average follow-up was 2.88±1.47 years in the SG and 2.71±1.34 years in the NSG (p=.444). Differences in mean age (SG: 62.9±10.9 years and NSG: 57.6±13.1 years), estimated related risk of death (SG: 3.05±2.13 and NSG: 2.41±1.74), and gender (female=SG: 87.7% and NSG: 64.2%) were statistically significant (p.05). Preoperative and postoperative clinical outcomes were similar in both groups (p>.05) except

  14. Comparing minimally invasive and open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for treatment of degenerative lumbar disease: a meta-analysis

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    SUN Zhi-jian; LI Wen-jing; ZHAO Yu; QIU Gui-xing

    2013-01-01

    Background Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) through a minimally invasive approach (mTLIF) was introduced to reduce soft tissue injury and speed recovery.Studies with small numbers of patients have been carried out,comparing mTLIF with traditional open TLIF (oTLIF),but inconsistent outcomes were reported.Methods We conducted a meta-analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of mTLIF and oTLIF in the treatment of degenerative lumbar disease.We searched PubMed,Embase and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in March 2013 for studies directly comparing mTLIF and oTLIF.Patient characteristics,interventions,surgical-related messages,early recovery parameters,long-term clinical outcomes,and complications were extracted and relevant results were pooled.Results Twelve cohort studies with a total of 830 patients were identified.No significant difference regarding average operating time was observed when comparing mTLIF group with oTLIF group (-0.35 minute,95% confidence interval (C/):-20.82 to 20.13 minutes).Intraoperative blood loss (-232.91 ml,95% CI:-322.48 to-143.33 ml) and postoperative drainage (-111.24.ml,95% CI:-177.43 to-45.05 ml) were significantly lower in the mTLIF group.A shorter hospital stay by about two days was observed in patients who underwent mTLIF (-2.11 days,95% CI:-2.76 to-1.45 days).With regard to long-term clinical outcomes,no significant difference in visual analog scale score (-0.25,95% CI:-0.63 to 0.13) was observed; however,there was a slight improvement in Oswestry Disability Index (-1.42,95% CI:-2.79 to-0.04) during a minimum of 1-year follow-up between the two groups.The incidence of complications did not differ significantly between the procedures (RR=1.06,95% CI:0.7 to 1.59).Reoperation was more common in patients in mTLIF group than in oTLIF group (5% vs.2.9%),but this difference was not significant (RR=1.62,95% CI:0.75 to 3.51).Conclusion Current evidence suggests that,compared with traditional open surgery

  15. Minimally invasive space shuttle laminotomy for degenerative lumbar spinal canal stenosis

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    Shunji Asamoto

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Study Design: Technical note. Objectives: To show microsurgical technique, considering the meticulous anatomy of the ligamentum flavum (LF. Background: Different methods are available for treating lumbar spinal canal stenosis (LSCS. A minimally invasive surgery, namely, space shuttle laminotomy, has recently been proposed. Here, we describe the surgical method for this novel technique. To conduct this surgery accurately, surgeons must have perfect knowledge of anatomy, especially regarding the LF. Materials and Methods and Results: We use this interlaminectomy technique for all cases of LSCS. All patients with LSCS recovered from their neurological deficits in shorter hoslital stays than regular laminectomy. Conclusion: Minimally invasive space shuttle laminotomy (MISSL, which involves a microsurgical technique, is a safe, complication-free procedure.

  16. Minimally invasive removal of lumbar intradural extramedullary lesions using the interlaminar approach.

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    Zhu, Yong-Jian; Ying, Guang-Yu; Chen, Ai-Qin; Wang, Lin-Lin; Yu, Dan-Feng; Zhu, Liang-Liang; Ren, Yu-Cheng; Wang, Chen; Wu, Peng-Cheng; Yao, Ying; Shen, Fang; Zhang, Jian-Min

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    OBJECT Posterior midline laminectomy or hemilaminectomy has been successfully applied as the standard microsurgical technique for the treatment of spinal intradural pathologies. However, the associated risks of postoperative spinal instability increase the need for subsequent fusion surgery to prevent potential long-term spinal deformity. Continuous efforts have been made to minimize injuries to the surrounding tissue resulting from surgical manipulations. The authors report here their experiences with a novel minimally invasive surgical approach, namely the interlaminar approach, for the treatment of lumbar intraspinal tumors. METHODS A retrospective review was conducted of patients at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine who underwent minimally invasive resection of lumbar intradural-extramedullary tumors. By using an operative microscope, in addition to an endoscope when necessary, the authors were able to treat all patients with a unilateral, paramedian, bone-sparing interlaminar technique. Data including preoperative neurological status, tumor location, size, pathological diagnosis, extension of resections, intraoperative blood loss, length of hospital stay, and clinical outcomes were obtained through clinical and radiological examinations. RESULTS Eighteen patients diagnosed with lumbar intradural-extramedullary tumors were treated from October 2013 to March 2015 by this interlaminar technique. A microscope was used in 15 cases, and the remaining 3 cases were treated using a microscope as well as an endoscope. There were 14 schwannomas, 2 ependymomas, 1 epidermoid cyst, and 1 enterogenous cyst. Postoperative radiological follow-up revealed complete removal of all the lesions and no signs of bone defects in the lamina. At clinical follow-up, 14 of the 18 patients had less pain, and patients' motor/sensory functions improved or remained normal in all cases except 1. CONClUSIONS When meeting certain selection criteria

  17. Minimally invasive surgical procedures for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation

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    Raspe, Heiner

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: In up to 30% of patients undergoing lumbar disc surgery for herniated or protruded discs outcomes are judged unfavourable. Over the last decades this problem has stimulated the development of a number of minimally-invasive operative procedures. The aim is to relieve pressure from compromised nerve roots by mechanically removing, dissolving or evaporating disc material while leaving bony structures and surrounding tissues as intact as possible. In Germany, there is hardly any utilisation data for these new procedures – data files from the statutory health insurances demonstrate that about 5% of all lumbar disc surgeries are performed using minimally-invasive techniques. Their real proportion is thought to be much higher because many procedures are offered by private hospitals and surgeries and are paid by private health insurers or patients themselves. So far no comprehensive assessment comparing efficacy, safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of minimally-invasive lumbar disc surgery to standard procedures (microdiscectomy, open discectomy which could serve as a basis for coverage decisions, has been published in Germany. Objective: Against this background the aim of the following assessment is: * Based on published scientific literature assess safety, efficacy and effectiveness of minimally-invasive lumbar disc surgery compared to standard procedures. * To identify and critically appraise studies comparing costs and cost-effectiveness of minimally-invasive procedures to that of standard procedures. * If necessary identify research and evaluation needs and point out regulative needs within the German health care system. The assessment focusses on procedures that are used in elective lumbar disc surgery as alternative treatment options to microdiscectomy or open discectomy. Chemonucleolysis, percutaneous manual discectomy, automated percutaneous lumbar discectomy, laserdiscectomy and endoscopic procedures accessing the disc

  18. Minimally invasive surgical procedures for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation

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    Lühmann, Dagmar; Burkhardt-Hammer, Tatjana; Borowski, Cathleen; Raspe, Heiner

    2005-01-01

    Introduction In up to 30% of patients undergoing lumbar disc surgery for herniated or protruded discs outcomes are judged unfavourable. Over the last decades this problem has stimulated the development of a number of minimally-invasive operative procedures. The aim is to relieve pressure from compromised nerve roots by mechanically removing, dissolving or evaporating disc material while leaving bony structures and surrounding tissues as intact as possible. In Germany, there is hardly any utilisation data for these new procedures – data files from the statutory health insurances demonstrate that about 5% of all lumbar disc surgeries are performed using minimally-invasive techniques. Their real proportion is thought to be much higher because many procedures are offered by private hospitals and surgeries and are paid by private health insurers or patients themselves. So far no comprehensive assessment comparing efficacy, safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of minimally-invasive lumbar disc surgery to standard procedures (microdiscectomy, open discectomy) which could serve as a basis for coverage decisions, has been published in Germany. Objective Against this background the aim of the following assessment is: Based on published scientific literature assess safety, efficacy and effectiveness of minimally-invasive lumbar disc surgery compared to standard procedures. To identify and critically appraise studies comparing costs and cost-effectiveness of minimally-invasive procedures to that of standard procedures. If necessary identify research and evaluation needs and point out regulative needs within the German health care system. The assessment focusses on procedures that are used in elective lumbar disc surgery as alternative treatment options to microdiscectomy or open discectomy. Chemonucleolysis, percutaneous manual discectomy, automated percutaneous lumbar discectomy, laserdiscectomy and endoscopic procedures accessing the disc by a posterolateral or

  19. Effect of sagittal spinal balance, levels of posterior instrumentation, and length of follow-up on low back pain in patients undergoing posterior decompression and instrumented fusion for degenerative lumbar spine disease: a multifactorial analysis.

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    Korovessis, Panagiotis; Repantis, Thomas; Papazisis, Zisis; Iliopoulos, Panagiotis

    2010-04-15

    Prospective controlled clinical study on low back pain (LBP). To investigate the possible effects of radiographic and other related parameters on LBP in patients underwent decompression and posterolateral instrumented fusion for degenerative lumbar spine disease. Sagittal balance of the spine after spine surgery has gained increasing interest regarding its correlation with LBP and fusion rate. To our knowledge, no advanced statistical analysis on the effects of sagittal roentgenographic and other parameters on LBP after lumbar surgery has been published. Forty-five patients with an average age of 63 years, who underwent pedicle-screw fixation in 2, 3, and 4 vertebrae for degenerative lumbar spine disease were selected to be included in this study. Radiographic and self-assessment (bodily pain, short form-36) data were evaluated using advanced statistics (multifactorial analysis) to investigate all possible correlations between a dependent parameter (LBP) and independent parameters (sex, extension of instrumentation, sagittal spinal balance, and angular motion at the adjacent free level above instrumentation). All patients were observed for an average of 5.5 years (range, 5-7 years). Male patients showed significantly more improvement of LBP than female counterparts (P = 0.024). LBP improved after surgery by the first year (P spine disease.This research suggests that the methods directed at the improvement in sagittal spinal balance of the lumbar spine, careful selection of fusion levels, and improvement of fusion rate might be beneficial for decreasing LBP after surgery in degenerative lumbar spine disease.

  20. A novel computer algorithm allows for volumetric and cross-sectional area analysis of indirect decompression following transpsoas lumbar arthrodesis despite variations in MRI technique.

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    Gates, Timothy A; Vasudevan, Ram R; Miller, Kai J; Stamatopoulou, Vasiliki; Mindea, Stefan A

    2014-03-01

    Many patients present for neurosurgical spine evaluation with MRI studies conducted at facilities outside of the treating medical center. These images often vary widely in technique, for example, variation in slice thickness, number of slices, and gantry angle. While these images may be sufficient in conjunction with a physical exam to make surgical evaluations, we have found they are often incapable of being used for objective post-operative volumetric comparisons. In order to overcome this, we created a computer program that compensates for these variations in MRI technique. For this study, we examined patients who had undergone outside MRI pre-operatively and were deemed appropriate for a lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas lumbar interbody arthrodesis procedure. Volumetric analysis was performed on sagittal and axial T2-weighted pre- and post-operative MRI. The percentage change of central canal volume and foraminal area was calculated for each level. The authors identified five levels with MRI sufficient for volumetric analysis and eight levels (16 foramina) sufficient for foraminal cross-sectional analysis. Through use of our computer algorithm, average central canal volume and foraminal cross-sectional area was calculated to increase by 32.8% and 67.6% respectively following the procedure. These results are consistent with previous study findings and support the idea that restoration of the anterior column via a lateral approach can result in significant indirect decompression of the neural elements. Additionally, the novel algorithm created and used for this study suggests that it can achieve quick measurement and comparison of MRI studies despite variations in pre- and post-operative technique.

  1. Quantitative morphometric analysis of the lumbar vertebral facets and evaluation of feasibility of lumbar spinal nerve root and spinal canal decompression using the Goel intraarticular facetal spacer distraction technique: A lumbar/cervical facet comparison

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    Savni R Satoskar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective : The authors evaluate the anatomic subtleties of lumbar facets and assess the feasibility and effectiveness of use of ′Goel facet spacer′ in the treatment of degenerative spinal canal stenosis. Materials and Methods : Twenty-five lumbar vertebral cadaveric dried bones were used for the purpose. A number of morphometric parameters were evaluated both before and after the introduction of Goel facet spacers within the confines of the facet joint. Results : The spacers achieved distraction of facets that was more pronounced in the vertical perspective. Introduction of spacers on both sides resulted in an increase in the intervertebral foraminal height and a circumferential increase in the spinal canal dimensions. Additionally, there was an increase in the disc space or intervertebral body height. The lumbar facets are more vertically and anteroposteriorly oriented when compared to cervical facets that are obliquely and transversely oriented. Conclusions : Understanding the anatomical peculiarities of the lumbar and cervical facets can lead to an optimum utilization of the potential of Goel facet distraction arthrodesis technique in the treatment of spinal degenerative canal stenosis.

  2. Neurological complications using a novel retractor system for direct lateral minimally invasive lumbar interbody fusion.

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    Sedra, Fady; Lee, Robert; Dominguez, Ignacio; Wilson, Lester

    2016-09-01

    We describe our experience using the RAVINE retractor (K2M, Leesburg, VA, USA) to gain access to the lateral aspect of the lumbar spine through a retroperitoneal approach. Postoperative neurological adverse events, utilising the mentioned retractor system, were recorded and analysed. We included 140 patients who underwent minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion (MI-LLIF) for degenerative spinal conditions between 2011 and 2015 at two major spinal centres. A total of 228 levels were treated, 35% one level, 40% two level, 20% three level and 5% 4 level surgeries. The L4/5 level was instrumented in 28% of cases. 12/140 patients had postoperative neurological complications. Immediately after surgery, 5% of patients (7/140) had transient symptoms in the thigh ranging from sensory loss, pain and paraesthesia, all of which recovered within 12weeks following surgery. There were five cases of femoral nerve palsy (3.6% - two ipsilateral and three contralateral), all of which recovered completely with no residual sensory or motor deficit within 6months. MI-LLIF done with help of the described retractor system has proved a safe and efficient way to achieve interbody fusion with minimal complications, mainly nerve related, that recovered quickly. Judicious use of the technique to access the L4/5 level is advised.

  3. Complications of Minimally Invasive, Tubular Access Surgery for Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Surgery

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    Donald A. Ross

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The object of the study was to review the author’s large series of minimally invasive spine surgeries for complication rates. The author reviewed a personal operative database for minimally access spine surgeries done through nonexpandable tubular retractors for extradural, nonfusion procedures. Consecutive cases (n=1231 were reviewed for complications. There were no wound infections. Durotomy occurred in 33 cases (2.7% overall or 3.4% of lumbar cases. There were no external or symptomatic internal cerebrospinal fluid leaks or pseudomeningoceles requiring additional treatment. The only motor injuries were 3 C5 root palsies, 2 of which resolved. Minimally invasive spine surgery performed through tubular retractors can result in a low wound infection rate when compared to open surgery. Durotomy is no more common than open procedures and does not often result in the need for secondary procedures. New neurologic deficits are uncommon, with most observed at the C5 root. Minimally invasive spine surgery, even without benefits such as less pain or shorter hospital stays, can result in considerably lower complication rates than open surgery.

  4. Endoscopic Intermetatarsal Ligament Decompression.

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    Lui, Tun Hing

    2015-12-01

    Morton neuroma is an entrapment of the intermetatarsal nerve by the deep intermetatarsal ligament. It is usually treated conservatively. Surgery is considered if there is recalcitrant pain that is resistant to conservative treatment. The surgical options include resection of the neuroma or decompression of the involved nerve. Decompression of the nerve by release of the intermetatarsal ligament can be performed by either an open or minimally invasive approach. We describe 2-portal endoscopic decompression of the intermetatarsal nerve. The ligament is released by a retrograde knife through the toe-web portal under arthroscopic guidance through the plantar portal.

  5. Endoscopic Intermetatarsal Ligament Decompression

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    Lui, Tun Hing

    2015-01-01

    Morton neuroma is an entrapment of the intermetatarsal nerve by the deep intermetatarsal ligament. It is usually treated conservatively. Surgery is considered if there is recalcitrant pain that is resistant to conservative treatment. The surgical options include resection of the neuroma or decompression of the involved nerve. Decompression of the nerve by release of the intermetatarsal ligament can be performed by either an open or minimally invasive approach. We describe 2-portal endoscopic ...

  6. The treatment of senile patients with lumbar disc herniation and stenosis by lumbar disc limited decompression%腰椎间盘镜有限减压治疗老年腰椎间盘突出合并椎管狭窄

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    陈施展; 张聪; 姚一民; 万宇; 檀臻炜; 周玉科; 王天雄

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨老年腰椎间盘突出并椎管狭窄症的临床特点、腰椎间盘镜下有限减压治疗的效果.方法 对112例老年腰椎间盘突出并椎管狭窄行腰椎间盘镜有限减压手术治疗,对其疗效进行回顾性分析.结果 112例患者均得到3个月~5年的有效随访,平均随访时间28个月,按Nakai疗效评定标准评价疗效[1]:优76例,良27例(优良率达92%).结论 老年腰椎管狭窄有其特殊的临床特点,腰椎间盘镜下有限减压的手术方法,彻底减压兼顾脊柱稳定性,有创伤小、费用低、术后康复快、疗效好的特点.%Objective To explore the clinical features of senile lumbar intervertebral disc and stenosis and discuss the efficacy with the limited decompression treatment by lumbar endoscope. Methods The clinical data of 112 cases of senile lumbar disc hemiation treated with the limited decompression treatment by lumbar endoscope were retrospectively analyzed. Results All of the 112 patients were followed up with 3months-5years (average 28 months Effectively. According to Nakai score system for evaluation of treatment effect:excellent 76 cases,good 27 cases (excellent and good rate 92%). Conclusion The cases of the senile lumbar intervertebral disc and stenosis has special clinical features. The treatment of limited decompression by lumbar endoscope can both decompress completely and maintain spinal stability,and has the advantages of small trauma,low cost,postoperative rehabilitation quickly and good effect.

  7. The Effect of the Retroperitoneal Transpsoas Minimally Invasive Lateral Interbody Fusion on Segmental and Regional Lumbar Lordosis

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    Tien V. Le

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. The minimally invasive lateral interbody fusion (MIS LIF in the lumbar spine can correct coronal Cobb angles, but the effect on sagittal plane correction is unclear. Methods. A retrospective review of thirty-five patients with lumbar degenerative disease who underwent MIS LIF without supplemental posterior instrumentation was undertaken to study the radiographic effect on the restoration of segmental and regional lumbar lordosis using the Cobb angles on pre- and postoperative radiographs. Mean disc height changes were also measured. Results. The mean follow-up period was 13.3 months. Fifty total levels were fused with a mean of 1.42 levels fused per patient. Mean segmental Cobb angle increased from 11.10° to 13.61° (<0.001 or 22.6%. L2-3 had the greatest proportional increase in segmental lordosis. Mean regional Cobb angle increased from 52.47° to 53.45° (=0.392. Mean disc height increased from 6.50 mm to 10.04 mm (<0.001 or 54.5%. Conclusions. The MIS LIF improves segmental lordosis and disc height in the lumbar spine but not regional lumbar lordosis. Anterior longitudinal ligament sectioning and/or the addition of a more lordotic implant may be necessary in cases where significant increases in regional lumbar lordosis are desired.

  8. The effect of the retroperitoneal transpsoas minimally invasive lateral interbody fusion on segmental and regional lumbar lordosis.

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    Le, Tien V; Vivas, Andrew C; Dakwar, Elias; Baaj, Ali A; Uribe, Juan S

    2012-01-01

    The minimally invasive lateral interbody fusion (MIS LIF) in the lumbar spine can correct coronal Cobb angles, but the effect on sagittal plane correction is unclear. A retrospective review of thirty-five patients with lumbar degenerative disease who underwent MIS LIF without supplemental posterior instrumentation was undertaken to study the radiographic effect on the restoration of segmental and regional lumbar lordosis using the Cobb angles on pre- and postoperative radiographs. Mean disc height changes were also measured. The mean follow-up period was 13.3 months. Fifty total levels were fused with a mean of 1.42 levels fused per patient. Mean segmental Cobb angle increased from 11.10° to 13.61° (P lordosis. Mean regional Cobb angle increased from 52.47° to 53.45° (P = 0.392). Mean disc height increased from 6.50 mm to 10.04 mm (P lordosis and disc height in the lumbar spine but not regional lumbar lordosis. Anterior longitudinal ligament sectioning and/or the addition of a more lordotic implant may be necessary in cases where significant increases in regional lumbar lordosis are desired.

  9. [Effects of robot-assisted minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and traditional open surgery in the treatment of lumbar spondylolisthesis].

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    Cui, G Y; Tian, W; He, D; Xing, Y G; Liu, B; Yuan, Q; Wang, Y Q; Sun, Y Q

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    Objective: To compare the clinical effects of robot-assisted minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) and traditional open TLIF in the treatment of lumbar spondylolisthesis. Methods: A total of 41 patients with lumbar spondylolisthesis accepted surgical treatment in Department of Spinal Surgery of Beijing Jishuitan Hospital From July 2015 to April 2016 were retrospectively analyzed. There were 16 cases accepted robot-assisted minimally invasive TLIF and 25 accepted traditional open TLIF. The operation time, X-ray radiation exposure time, perioperative bleeding, drainage volume, time of hospitalization, time for pain relief, time for ambulatory recovery, visual analogue scale (VAS), Oswestry disability index (ODI) and complications were compared. T test and χ(2) were used to analyze data. Results: There were no significant difference in gender, age, numbers, degrees, pre-operative VAS and ODI in spondylolisthesis (all P>0.05). Compared with traditional open TLIF group, the robot-assisted minimally invasive TLIF group had less perioperative bleeding ((187.5±18.4) ml vs. (332.1±23.5) ml), less drainage volume ((103.1±15.6) ml vs. (261.3±19.8) ml), shorter hospitalization ((7.8±1.9) days vs. (10.0±1.6) days), shorter time for pain relief ((2.8±1.0) days vs. (5.2±1.1) days), shorter time for ambulatory recovery ((1.7±0.9) days vs. (2.9±1.3) days) and less VAS of the third day postoperatively (2.2±0.9 vs. 4.2±2.4) (t=2.762-16.738, all Probot-assisted minimally invasive TLIF group: (11.8 ± 2.8) mm vs. (7.5 ± 1.9) mm, traditional open TLIF group: (12.7 ± 2.5) mm vs. (7.9±2.0) mm), and so was the lumbar lordosis angle (robot-assisted minimally invasive TLIF group: (48.7±9.2)°vs. (39.6±7.9)°, traditional open TLIF group: (50.1±10.8)°vs. (41.4±8.8)°), the lordosis angle of the slippage segment (robot-assisted minimally invasive TLIF group: (18.7±5.6)°vs. (10.9±3.8)°, traditional open TLIF group: (17.6±6.1)°vs.(8.7±3.2)

  10. Correlations Between the SF-36, the Oswestry-Disability Index and Rolland-Morris Disability Questionnaire in Patients Undergoing Lumbar Decompression According to Types of Spine Origin Pain.

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    Ko, Sangbong; Chae, Seungbum

    2017-07-01

    Cross-sectional study. To determine the correlation between SF-36 (a measure for overall health status in patients) and Oswestry-Disability Index (ODI) or Rolland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ) confined to spine according to the type of pain from the spine. Data showed moderate correlation between ODI and SF-36 Physical Component Score (PCS), Physical Functioning (PF) (r=-0.46), Physical Role Functioning (RP) (r=-0.284), Bodily Pain (BP) (r=-0.327), and Mental Component Score (MCS), Emotional Role Functioning (r=-0.250), Social Role Functioning (r=0.254), Vitality (r=0.296). Between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2013, a total of 69 patients were enrolled in this study. They were diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis and underwent decompression surgery such as laminotomy in this hospital. The 3 standardized questionnaires (ODI, RMDQ, and SF-36) were given to these patients, at least 1 year after the surgery. ODI and SF-36 had a statistically significant (P=0.001) and moderate correlation. Small correlations were also seen between Physical Functioning (r=-0.46), Physical Role Functioning (r=-0.284), and Bodily Pain (r=-0.327) of SF-36 PCS and ODI, and between Emotional Role Functioning (r=-0.250), Social Role Functioning (r=-0.254), and Vitality (r=-0.296) of SF-36 Mental Component Score and ODI. Items in ODI for the level of pain while standing and traveling were mostly related to axial back pain, while item of lifting was related to referred buttock pain. Sleeping disturbance section in the ODI was mainly caused by radiated leg pain. In addition, RMDQ was also associated to the 3 types of pain. Moderate correlation was found between ODI or RMDQ as a condition-specific outcome and the SF-36, indicating overall health status. ODI was found to be a more adequate measure to evaluate axial back pain rather than referred pain or radiating pain. RMDQ was adequate to measure the health status and to evaluate the 3 types of spine pain. These 3 instruments could

  11. Subsidence of polyetheretherketone cage after minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion.

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    Kim, Moon-Chan; Chung, Hung-Tae; Cho, Jae-Lim; Kim, Dong-Jun; Chung, Nam-Su

    2013-04-01

    A retrospective case series. The aim of this study was to determine the rate of cage subsidence after minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MITLIF) conducted using a polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cage, and to identify associated risk factors. Although various rates of cage subsidence after lumbar interbody fusion have been reported, few studies have addressed subsidence rate after MITLIF using PEEK cage. A total of 104 consecutive patients who had undergone MITLIF using a PEEK cage with a minimum follow-up of 2 years were included in this study. Cage subsidence was defined to have occurred when a cage was observed to sink into an adjacent vertebral body by ≥2 mm on the postoperative or serial follow-up lateral radiographs. The demographic variables considered to affect cage subsidence were the following: age, sex, body mass index, bone mineral density, diagnosis, number of fusion segment, and the quality/quantity of back muscle, and the cage-related variables considered were: level of fusion, intervertebral angle, cage size, cage position, and postoperative distraction of disc height. Logistic regression analysis was conducted to explore relations between these variables and cage subsidence. : For the 122 cages inserted, the rate of cage subsidence was 14.8% (18 cages), and cage subsidence occurred within 7.2±8.5 (1-25) months of surgery. The odds ratios for factors found to significantly increase the risk of cage subsidence were; 1.950 (95% confidence interval, 1.002-4.224) for L5-S1 level, and 1.018 (95% confidence interval, 1.000-1.066) for anterior cage position. The rate of PEEK cage subsidence after MITLIF was relatively low. End-plate manipulation and cage insertion during MITLIF were not influenced by a small operation window.

  12. Minimally invasive lumbar interbody fusion via MAST Quadrant retractor versus open surgery: a prospective randomized clinical trial

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    WANG Hong-li; L(U) Fei-zhou; JIANG Jian-yuan; MA Xin; XIA Xin-lei; WANG Li-xun

    2011-01-01

    Background In recent years,a variety of minimally invasive lumbar surgery techniques have achieved desirable efficacy,but some dispute remains regarding the advantages over open surgery.This study aimed to compare minimally invasive lumbar interbody fusion via MAST Quadrant retractor with open surgery in terms of perioperative factors,postoperative back muscle function,and 24-month postoperative follow-up results.Methods From September 2006 to June 2008,patients with single-level degenerative lumbar spine disease who were not responsive to conservative treatment were enrolled in this study.Patients were randomized to undergo either minimally invasive surgery (MIS,transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion via MAST Quadrant retractor,41 cases) or open surgery (improved transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion,38 cases).Results The MIS group had longer intraoperative fluoroscopy time than the open surgery group,and the open surgery group had significantly increased postoperative drainage volume and significantly prolonged postoperative recovery time compared with the MIS group (P <0.05 for all).MRI scanning showed that the T2 relaxation time in the multifidus muscle was significantly shorter in the MIS group than in the open surgery group at 3 months after surgery (P <0.01).Surface electromyography of the sacrospinalis muscle showed that the average discharge amplitude and frequency were significantly higher in the MIS group than in the open surgery group (P <0.01).The Oswestry disability index and visual analog scale scores were better at 3,6,12 and 24 months postoperatively than preoperatively in both groups.Both groups of patients met the imaging convergence criteria at the last follow-up.Conclusions MIS can effectively reduce sacrospinalis muscle injury compared with open surgery,which is conducive to early functional recovery.In the short term,MIS is superior to open surgery,but in the long term there is no significant difference between the two procedures.

  13. Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion with unilateral pedicle screw fixation: comparison between primary and revision surgery.

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    Kang, Moo Sung; Park, Jeong Yoon; Kim, Kyung Hyun; Kuh, Sung Uk; Chin, Dong Kyu; Kim, Keun Su; Cho, Yong Eun

    2014-01-01

    Minimally invasive surgery with a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS TLIF) is an important minimally invasive fusion technique for the lumbar spine. Lumbar spine reoperation is challenging and is thought to have greater complication risks. The purpose of this study was to compare MIS TLIF with unilateral screw fixation perioperative results between primary and revision surgeries. This was a prospective study that included 46 patients who underwent MIS TLIF with unilateral pedicle screw. The patients were divided into two groups, primary and revision MIS TLIF, to compare perioperative results and complications. The two groups were similar in age, sex, and level of operation, and were not significantly different in the length of follow-up or clinical results. Although dural tears were more common with the revision group (primary 1; revision 4), operation time, blood loss, total perioperative complication, and fusion rates were not significantly different between the two groups. Both groups showed substantial improvements in VAS and ODI scores one year after surgical treatment. Revision MIS TLIF performed by an experienced surgeon does not necessarily increase the risk of perioperative complication compared with primary surgery. MIS TLIF with unilateral pedicle screw fixation is a valuable option for revision lumbar surgery.

  14. Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion with Unilateral Pedicle Screw Fixation: Comparison between Primary and Revision Surgery

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    Moo Sung Kang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Minimally invasive surgery with a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS TLIF is an important minimally invasive fusion technique for the lumbar spine. Lumbar spine reoperation is challenging and is thought to have greater complication risks. The purpose of this study was to compare MIS TLIF with unilateral screw fixation perioperative results between primary and revision surgeries. This was a prospective study that included 46 patients who underwent MIS TLIF with unilateral pedicle screw. The patients were divided into two groups, primary and revision MIS TLIF, to compare perioperative results and complications. The two groups were similar in age, sex, and level of operation, and were not significantly different in the length of follow-up or clinical results. Although dural tears were more common with the revision group (primary 1; revision 4, operation time, blood loss, total perioperative complication, and fusion rates were not significantly different between the two groups. Both groups showed substantial improvements in VAS and ODI scores one year after surgical treatment. Revision MIS TLIF performed by an experienced surgeon does not necessarily increase the risk of perioperative complication compared with primary surgery. MIS TLIF with unilateral pedicle screw fixation is a valuable option for revision lumbar surgery.

  15. Evaluation of a novel tool for bone graft delivery in minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Jeffrey B Kleiner, Hannah M Kleiner, E John Grimberg Jr, Stefanie J Throlson The Spine Center of Innovation, The Medical Center of Aurora, Aurora, CO, USA Study design: Disk material removed (DMR during L4-5 and L5-S1 transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (T-LIF surgery was compared to the corresponding bone graft (BG volumes inserted at the time of fusion. A novel BG delivery tool (BGDT was used to apply the BG. In order to establish the percentage of DMR during T-LIF, it was compared to DMR during anterior diskectomy (AD. This study was performed prospectively. Summary of background data: Minimal information is available as to the volume of DMR during a T-LIF procedure, and the relationship between DMR and BG delivered is unknown. BG insertion has been empiric and technically challenging. Since the volume of BG applied to the prepared disk space likely impacts the probability of arthrodesis, an investigation is justified. Methods: A total of 65 patients with pathology at L4-5 and/or L5-S1 necessitating fusion were treated with a minimally invasive T-LIF procedure. DMR was volumetrically measured during disk space preparation. BG material consisting of local autograft, BG extender, and bone marrow aspirate were mixed to form a slurry. BG slurry was injected into the disk space using a novel BGDT and measured volumetrically. An additional 29 patients who were treated with L5-S1 AD were compared to L5-S1 T-LIF DMR to determine the percent of T-LIF DMR relative to AD. Results: DMR volumes averaged 3.6±2.2 mL. This represented 34% of the disk space relative to AD. The amount of BG delivered to the disk spaces was 9.3±3.2 mL, which is 2.6±2.2 times the amount of DMR. The BGDT allowed uncomplicated filling of the disk space in <1 minute. Conclusion: The volume of DMR during T-LIF allows for a predictable volume of BG delivery. The BGDT allowed complete filling of the entire prepared disk space. The T-LIF diskectomy debrides 34% of the disk

  16. Perioperative Surgical Complications and Learning Curve Associated with Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion: A Single-Institute Experience

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    Park, Yung; Lee, Soo Bin; Seok, Sang Ok; Jo, Byung Woo; Ha, Joong Won

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    Background As surgical complications tend to occur more frequently in the beginning stages of a surgeon's career, knowledge of perioperative complications is important to perform a safe procedure, especially if the surgeon is a novice. We sought to identify and describe perioperative complications and their management in connection with minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF). Methods We performed a retrospective chart review of our first 124 patients who underwent mi...

  17. Total 3D Airo® Navigation for Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

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    Xiaofeng Lian

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. A new generation of iCT scanner, Airo®, has been introduced. The purpose of this study is to describe how Airo facilitates minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF. Method. We used the latest generation of portable iCT in all cases without the assistance of K-wires. We recorded the operation time, number of scans, and pedicle screw accuracy. Results. From January 2015 to December 2015, 33 consecutive patients consisting of 17 men and 16 women underwent single-level or two-level MIS-TLIF operations in our institution. The ages ranged from 23 years to 86 years (mean, 66.6 years. We treated all the cases in MIS fashion. In four cases, a tubular laminectomy at L1/2 was performed at the same time. The average operation time was 192.8 minutes and average time of placement per screw was 2.6 minutes. No additional fluoroscopy was used. Our screw accuracy rate was 98.6%. No complications were encountered. Conclusions. Airo iCT MIS-TLIF can be used for initial planning of the skin incision, precise screw, and cage placement, without the need for fluoroscopy. “Total navigation” (complete intraoperative 3D navigation without fluoroscopy can be achieved by combining Airo navigation with navigated guide tubes for screw placement.

  18. Iatrogenic spondylolisthesis following laminectomy for degenerative lumbar stenosis: systematic review and current concepts.

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    Guha, Daipayan; Heary, Robert F; Shamji, Mohammed F

    2015-10-01

    OBJECT Decompression without fusion for degenerative lumbar stenosis is an effective treatment for both the pain and disability of neurogenic claudication. Iatrogenic instability following decompression may require further intervention to stabilize the spine. The authors review the incidence of postsurgical instability following lumbar decompression, and assess the impact of surgical technique as well as study design on the incidence of instability. METHODS A comprehensive literature search was performed to identify surgical cohorts of patients with degenerative lumbar stenosis, with and without preexisting spondylolisthesis, who were treated with laminectomy or minimally invasive decompression without fusion. Data on patient characteristics, surgical indications and techniques, clinical and radiographic outcomes, and reoperation rates were collected and analyzed. RESULTS A systematic review of 24 studies involving 2496 patients was performed, assessing both open laminectomy and minimally invasive bilateral canal enlargement. Postoperative pain and functional outcomes were similar across the various studies, and postoperative radiographie instability was seen in 5.5% of patients. Instability was seen more frequently in patients with preexisting spondylolisthesis (12.6%) and in those treated with open laminectomy (12%). Reoperation for instability was required in 1.8% of all patients, and was higher for patients with preoperative spondylolisthesis (9.3%) and for those treated with open laminectomy (4.1%). CONCLUSIONS Instability following lumbar decompression is a common occurrence. This is particularly true if decompression alone is selected as a surgical approach in patients with established spondylolisthesis. This complication may occur less commonly with the use of minimally invasive techniques; however, larger prospective cohort studies are necessary to more thoroughly explore these findings.

  19. A meta-analysis of unilateral versus bilateral pedicle screw fixation in minimally invasive lumbar interbody fusion.

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    Full Text Available STUDY DESIGN: Meta-analysis. BACKGROUND: Bilateral pedicle screw fixation (PS after lumbar interbody fusion is a widely accepted method of managing various spinal diseases. Recently, unilateral PS fixation has been reported as effective as bilateral PS fixation. This meta-analysis aimed to comparatively assess the efficacy and safety of unilateral PS fixation and bilateral PS fixation in the minimally invasive (MIS lumbar interbody fusion for one-level degenerative lumbar spine disease. METHODS: MEDLINE/PubMed, EMBASE, BIOSIS Previews, and Cochrane Library were searched through March 30, 2014. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs and controlled clinical trials (CCTs on unilateral versus bilateral PS fixation in MIS lumbar interbody fusion that met the inclusion criteria and the methodological quality standard were retrieved and reviewed. Data on participant characteristics, interventions, follow-up period, and outcomes were extracted from the included studies and analyzed by Review Manager 5.2. RESULTS: Six studies (5 RCTs and 1 CCT involving 298 patients were selected. There were no significant differences between unilateral and bilateral PS fixation procedures in fusion rate, complications, visual analogue score (VAS for leg pain, VAS for back pain, Oswestry disability index (ODI. Both fixation procedures had similar length of hospital stay (MD = 0.38, 95% CI = -0.83 to 1.58; P = 0.54. In contrast, bilateral PS fixation was associated with significantly more intra-operative blood loss (P = 0.002 and significantly longer operation time (P = 0.02 as compared with unilateral PS fixation. CONCLUSIONS: Unilateral PS fixation appears as effective and safe as bilateral PS fixation in MIS lumbar interbody fusion but requires less operative time and causes less blood loss, thus offering a simple alternative approach for one-level lumbar degenerative disease.

  20. Minimally Invasive Anterior Decompression Technique without Instrumented Fusion for Huge Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament in the Thoracic Spine: Technical Note And Literature Review.

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    Yu, Jae Won; Yun, Sang-O; Hsieh, Chang-Sheng; Lee, Sang-Ho

    2017-09-01

    Several surgical methods have been reported for treatment of ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) in the thoracic spine. Despite rapid innovation of instruments and techniques for spinal surgery, the postoperative outcomes are not always favorable. This article reports a minimally invasive anterior decompression technique without instrumented fusion, which was modified from the conventional procedure. The authors present 2 cases of huge beak-type OPLL. Patients underwent minimally invasive anterior decompression without fusion. This method created a space on the ventral side of the OPLL without violating global thoracic spinal stability. Via this space, the OPLL and anterior lateral side of the dural sac can be seen and manipulated directly. Then, total removal of the OPLL was accomplished. No orthosis was needed. In this article, we share our key technique and concepts for treatment of huge thoracic OPLL. Case 1. 51-year-old female was referred to our hospital with right lower limb radiating pain and paresis. Thoracic OPLL at T6-7 had been identified at our hospital, and conservative treatment had been tried without success. Case 2. This 54-year-old female with a 6-month history of progressive gait disturbance and bilateral lower extremity radiating pain (right>left) was admitted to our institute. She also had hypoesthesia in both lower legs. Her symptoms had been gradually progressing. Computed tomography scans showed massive OPLL at the T9-10 level. Magnetic resonance imaging of the thoracolumbar spine demonstrated ventral bony masses with severe anterior compression of the spinal cord at the same level. We used this surgical method in 2 patients with a huge beaked-type OPLL in the thoracic level. Complete removal of the OPLL via anterior decompression without instrumented fusion was accomplished. The 1st case had no intraoperative or postoperative complications, and the 2nd case had 1 intraoperative complication (dural tear) and no

  1. Combined supra-transorbital keyhole approach for treatment of delayed intraorbital encephalocele: A minimally invasive approach for an unusual complication of decompressive craniectomy

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    di Somma, Lucia; Iacoangeli, Maurizio; Nasi, Davide; Balercia, Paolo; Lupi, Ettore; Girotto, Riccardo; Polonara, Gabriele; Scerrati, Massimo

    2016-01-01

    Background: Intraorbital encephalocele is a rare entity characterized by the herniation of cerebral tissue inside the orbital cavity through a defect of the orbital roof. In patients who have experienced head trauma, intraorbital encephalocele is usually secondary to orbital roof fracture. Case Description: We describe here a case of a patient who presented an intraorbital encephalocele 2 years after severe traumatic brain injury, treated by decompressive craniectomy and subsequent autologous cranioplasty, without any evidence of orbital roof fracture. The encephalocele removal and the subsequent orbital roof reconstruction were performed by using a modification of the supraorbital keyhole approach, in which we combine an orbital osteotomy with a supraorbital minicraniotomy to facilitate view and access to both the anterior cranial fossa and orbital compartment and to preserve the already osseointegrated autologous cranioplasty. Conclusions: The peculiarities of this case are the orbital encephalocele without an orbital roof traumatic fracture, and the combined minimally invasive approach used to fix both the encephalocele and the orbital roof defect. Delayed intraorbital encephalocele is probably a complication related to an unintentional opening of the orbit during decompressive craniectomy through which the brain herniated following the restoration of physiological intracranial pressure gradients after the bone flap repositioning. The reconstruction of the orbital roof was performed by using a combined supra-transorbital minimally invasive approach aiming at achieving adequate surgical exposure while preserving the autologous cranioplasty, already osteointegrated. To the best of our knowledge, this approach has not been previously used to address intraorbital encephalocele. PMID:26862452

  2. Combined supra-transorbital keyhole approach for treatment of delayed intraorbital encephalocele: A minimally invasive approach for an unusual complication of decompressive craniectomy

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    Lucia di Somma

    2016-01-01

    Conclusions: The peculiarities of this case are the orbital encephalocele without an orbital roof traumatic fracture, and the combined minimally invasive approach used to fix both the encephalocele and the orbital roof defect. Delayed intraorbital encephalocele is probably a complication related to an unintentional opening of the orbit during decompressive craniectomy through which the brain herniated following the restoration of physiological intracranial pressure gradients after the bone flap repositioning. The reconstruction of the orbital roof was performed by using a combined supra-transorbital minimally invasive approach aiming at achieving adequate surgical exposure while preserving the autologous cranioplasty, already osteointegrated. To the best of our knowledge, this approach has not been previously used to address intraorbital encephalocele.

  3. Learning curve of a complex surgical technique: minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS TLIF).

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    Lee, Kong Hwee; Yeo, William; Soeharno, Henry; Yue, Wai Mun

    2014-10-01

    Prospective cohort study. This study aimed to evaluate the learning curve of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS TLIF). Very few studies have evaluated the learning curve of this technically demanding surgery. We intend to evaluate the learning curve of MIS TLIF with a larger sample size and assess surgical competence based not only on operative time but with perioperative variables, clinical and radiologic outcomes, incidence of complications, and patient satisfaction. From 2005 to 2009, the first 90 single-level MIS TLIF, which utilized a consistent technique and spinal instrumentation, performed by a single surgeon at our tertiary institution were studied. Variables studied included operative time, perioperative variables, clinical (Visual Analogue Scores for back and leg pain, Oswestry Disability Index, North American Spine Society Scores for neurogenic symptoms) and radiologic outcomes, incidence of complications and patient rating of expectation met, and the overall result of surgery. The asymptote of the surgeon's learning curve for MIS TLIF was achieved at the 44th case. Comparing the early group of 44 patients to the latter 46, the demographics were similar. For operative parameters, only 3 variables showed differences between the 2 groups: mean operative duration, fluoroscopy duration, and usage of patient-controlled analgesia. At the final follow-up, for clinical outcome parameters, the 2 groups were different in 3 parameters: VAS scores for back, leg pain, and neurogenic symptom scores. For radiologic outcome, both groups showed similar good fusion rates. For complications, none of the MIS TLIF cases were converted to open TLIF intraoperatively. In the early group, there were 3 complications: 1 incidental durotomy and 2 asymptomatic cage migrations; and in the latter group, there was 1 asymptomatic cage migration. In our study, technical proficiency in MIS TLIF was achieved after 44 surgeries, and the latter patients benefited

  4. Protection of the genitofemoral nerve using endoscopic assistance in minimally invasive lateral lumbar fusion

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    Thomas K. Lee, MD

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Postoperative groin and thigh dysesthesias are known potential sequelae of minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusions (LLIF. Injury to the genitofemoral nerve (GFN may play some role in occurrence of these symptoms. Our goals were to determine a precise, reproducible manner of diagnosing postoperative GFN dysfunction, and to evaluate an endoscopic assisted LLIF as a viable method of identifying and protecting the GFN. We performed a retrospective review of 21 consecutive patients undergoing endoscopic-assisted LLIF at 33 disc levels. CO2 insufflation was performed through a laterally placed incision. The GFN was visualized over the surface of the psoas muscle and mobilized away from the surgical corridor. The rest of the surgery proceeded as previously described (Ozgur et al., 2006 [18]. The presence of GFN injury was defined as a subjective sense of pain, numbness, or dysesthesias in the GFN territory, or an objective decrease in sensation in the ipsilateral femoral triangle. The patients were followed for an average of 15.1 months (range of 2 to 41 months. The GFN was identified in the surgical corridor in seven cases. In 6 patients, the nerve was easily mobilized. In one patient, intramuscular dissection was required. This patient experienced temporary diminished sensation in the territory of the GFN. Therefore, our rate of transient genitofemoral neuropathy was 4.8%, and there were no cases of permanent nerve damage. This paper further confirms the specific sensory distribution of the femoral branch of the GFN and also provides in vivo evidence that the vulnerably situated GFN can be safely mobilized and avoided using an endoscopic direct look.

  5. Minimally invasive treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis with a novel interspinous spacer

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    Shabat S

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Shay Shabat1, Larry E Miller2,3, Jon E Block3, Reuven Gepstein11Spinal Care Unit, Sapir Medical Center, Kfar Saba, Israel; 2Miller Scientific Consulting, Inc, Biltmore Lake, NC, USA; 3Jon E Block, PhD, Inc, San Francisco, CA, USAPurpose: To assess the safety and effectiveness of a novel, minimally invasive interspinous spacer in patients with moderate lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS.Methods: A total of 53 patients (mean age, 70 ± 11 years; 45% female with intermittent neurogenic claudication secondary to moderate LSS, confirmed on imaging studies, were treated with the Superion® Interspinous Spacer (VertiFlex, Inc, San Clemente, CA and returned for follow-up visits at 6 weeks, 1 year, and 2 years. Study endpoints included axial and extremity pain severity with an 11-point numeric scale, Zurich Claudication Questionnaire (ZCQ, back function with the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI, health-related quality of life with the Physical Component Summary (PCS and Mental Component Summary (MCS scores from the SF-12, and adverse events.Results: Axial and extremity pain each decreased 54% (both P < 0.001 over the 2-year follow-up period. ZCQ symptom severity scores improved 43% (P < 0.001 and ZCQ physical function improved 44% (P < 0.001 from pre-treatment to 2 years post-treatment. A statistically significant 50% improvement (P < 0.001 also was noted in back function. PCS and MCS each improved 40% (both P < 0.001 from pre-treatment to 2 years. Clinical success rates at 2 years were 83%–89% for ZCQ subscores, 75% for ODI, 78% for PCS, and 80% for MCS. No device infection, implant breakage, migration, or pull-out was observed, although two (3.8% patients underwent explant with subsequent laminectomy.Conclusion: Moderate LSS can be effectively treated with a minimally invasive interspinous spacer. This device is appropriate for select patients who have failed nonoperative treatment measures for LSS and meet strict anatomical criteria.Keywords: Superion, axial

  6. Posterior Decompression and Fusion in Treatment of 49 Patients with Degenerative Lumbar Scoliosis%后路减压有限固定融合术治疗退变性腰椎侧凸49例分析

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    王飞; 单建林; 天林; 李放

    2014-01-01

    Objective To explore the curative effect of posterior decompression and fusion in treatment of degen-erative lumbar scoliosis. Methods Clinical data of 49 patients undergoing posterior approach therapy during January 2005 and October 2011 was retrospectively analyzed. The low back pain, the lower limbs pain and neural function before and after operation were evaluated by Oswestry disability index ( ODI) and Visual analogue scale ( VAS) . Clinical symp-toms, viability improvement and deformity correction of patients were observed. Results The mean follow-up time was 3. 8 years, and the fineness rate was 87. 8%. The scores of ODI and VAS, Cobb's angle and sagittal plane imbalance were improved after the operation compared with those before the operation, and the differences were statistically signifi-cant (P<0. 05). Conclusion Posterior decompression and fusion is an effective surgical method in treatment of degen-erative lumbar scoliosis. Full decompression and the spinal balance, especially the recovery of sagittal plane are the key for satisfactory treatment outcomes.%目的:探讨腰椎退变性侧凸行后路减压固定融合术的临床疗效。方法回顾性分析2005年1月-2011年12月行后路手术治疗49例的临床资料,应用Oswestry功能障碍指数( ODI)和视觉模拟评分( VAS)评价术前、术后腰腿痛和神经功能情况。观察患者临床症状、生活能力改善及畸形矫正情况。结果平均随访3.8年,优良率为87.8%。手术后ODI、VAS、侧凸角、矢状面失衡比术前均有明显改善(P<0.05)。结论腰椎后路融合术治疗退行性腰椎侧凸畸形疗效确实,充分减压及脊柱平衡尤其是矢状面平衡的恢复是获得良好疗效的关键。

  7. Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion with expandable versus static interbody devices: radiographic assessment of sagittal segmental and pelvic parameters.

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    Hawasli, Ammar H; Khalifeh, Jawad M; Chatrath, Ajay; Yarbrough, Chester K; Ray, Wilson Z

    2017-08-01

    OBJECTIVE Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) has been adopted as an alternative technique to hasten recovery and minimize postoperative morbidity. Advances in instrumentation technologies and operative techniques have evolved to maximize patient outcomes as well as radiographic results. The development of expandable interbody devices allows a surgeon to perform MIS-TLIF with minimal tissue disruption. However, sagittal segmental and pelvic radiographic outcomes after MIS-TLIF with expandable interbody devices are not well characterized. The object of this study is to evaluate the radiographic sagittal lumbar segmental and pelvic parameter outcomes of MIS-TLIF performed using an expandable interbody device. METHODS A retrospective review of MIS-TLIFs performed between 2014 and 2016 at a high-volume center was performed. Radiographic measurements were performed on lateral radiographs before and after MIS-TLIF with static or expandable interbody devices. Radiographic measurements included disc height, foraminal height, fused disc angle, lumbar lordosis, pelvic incidence, sacral slope, and pelvic tilt. Mismatch between pelvic incidence and lumbar lordosis were calculated for each radiograph. RESULTS A total of 48 MIS-TLIFs were performed, predominantly at the L4-5 level, in 44 patients. MIS-TLIF with an expandable interbody device led to a greater and more sustained increase in disc height when compared with static interbody devices. Foraminal height increased after MIS-TLIF with expandable but not with static interbody devices. MIS-TLIF with expandable interbody devices increased index-level segmental lordosis more than with static interbody devices. The increase in segmental lordosis was sustained in the patients with expandable interbody devices but not in patients with static interbody devices. For patients with a collapsed disc space, MIS-TLIF with an expandable interbody device provided superior and longer-lasting increases in

  8. More nerve root injuries occur with minimally invasive lumbar surgery: Let′s tell someone

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    Nancy E Epstein

    2016-01-01

    Conclusions: The incidence of nerve root injuries following any of the multiple MIS lumbar surgical techniques (TLIF/PLIF/ALIF/XLIF resulted in more nerve root injuries when compared with open conventional lumbar surgical techniques. Considering the majority of these procedures are unnecessarily being performed for degenerative disc disease alone, spine surgeons should be increasingly asked why they are offering these operations to their patients?

  9. Preservation or Restoration of Segmental and Regional Spinal Lordosis Using Minimally Invasive Interbody Fusion Techniques in Degenerative Lumbar Conditions: A Literature Review.

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    Uribe, Juan S; Myhre, Sue Lynn; Youssef, Jim A

    2016-04-01

    A literature review. The purpose of this study was to review lumbar segmental and regional alignment changes following treatment with a variety of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) interbody fusion procedures for short-segment, degenerative conditions. An increasing number of lumbar fusions are being performed with minimally invasive exposures, despite a perception that minimally invasive lumbar interbody fusion procedures are unable to affect segmental and regional lordosis. Through a MEDLINE and Google Scholar search, a total of 23 articles were identified that reported alignment following minimally invasive lumbar fusion for degenerative (nondeformity) lumbar spinal conditions to examine aggregate changes in postoperative alignment. Of the 23 studies identified, 28 study cohorts were included in the analysis. Procedural cohorts included MIS ALIF (two), extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) (16), and MIS posterior/transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (P/TLIF) (11). Across 19 study cohorts and 720 patients, weighted average of lumbar lordosis preoperatively for all procedures was 43.5° (range 28.4°-52.5°) and increased 3.4° (9%) (range -2° to 7.4°) postoperatively (P lordosis increased, on average, by 4° from a weighted average of 8.3° preoperatively (range -0.8° to 15.8°) to 11.2° at postoperative time points (range -0.2° to 22.8°) (P lordosis and change in lumbar lordosis (r = 0.413; P = 0.003), wherein lower preoperative lumbar lordosis predicted a greater increase in postoperative lumbar lordosis. Significant gains in both weighted average lumbar lordosis and segmental lordosis were seen following MIS interbody fusion. None of the segmental lordosis cohorts and only two of the 19 lumbar lordosis cohorts showed decreases in lordosis postoperatively. These results suggest that MIS approaches are able to impact regional and local segmental alignment and that preoperative patient factors can impact the extent of correction gained

  10. Comparison of complication rates of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and lateral lumbar interbody fusion: a systematic review of the literature.

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    Joseph, Jacob R; Smith, Brandon W; La Marca, Frank; Park, Paul

    2015-10-01

    OBJECT Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF) and lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) are 2 currently popular techniques for lumbar arthrodesis. The authors compare the total risk of each procedure, along with other important complication outcomes. METHODS This systematic review was conducted according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. Relevant studies (up to May 2015) that reported complications of either MI-TLIF or LLIF were identified from a search in the PubMed database. The primary outcome was overall risk of complication per patient. Secondary outcomes included risks of sensory deficits, temporary neurological deficit, permanent neurological deficit, intraoperative complications, medical complications, wound complications, hardware failure, subsidence, and reoperation. RESULTS Fifty-four studies were included for analysis of MI-TLIF, and 42 studies were included for analysis of LLIF. Overall, there were 9714 patients (5454 in the MI-TLIF group and 4260 in the LLIF group) with 13,230 levels fused (6040 in the MI-TLIF group and 7190 in the LLIF group). A total of 1045 complications in the MI-TLIF group and 1339 complications in the LLIF group were reported. The total complication rate per patient was 19.2% in the MI-TLIF group and 31.4% in the LLIF group (p < 0.0001). The rate of sensory deficits and temporary neurological deficits, and permanent neurological deficits was 20.16%, 2.22%, and 1.01% for MI-TLIF versus 27.08%, 9.40%, and 2.46% for LLIF, respectively (p < 0.0001, p < 0.0001, p = 0.002, respectively). Rates of intraoperative and wound complications were 3.57% and 1.63% for MI-TLIF compared with 1.93% and 0.80% for LLIF, respectively (p = 0.0003 and p = 0.034, respectively). No significant differences were noted for medical complications or reoperation. CONCLUSIONS While there was a higher overall complication rate with LLIF, MI-TLIF and LLIF both have

  11. 退行性腰椎管狭窄单纯减压及内固定术疗效观察%The Observation of the Decompression Alone of Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and Internal Fixation

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    李震; 李国新; 温健; 吴镇权; 李继云; 杨昀焯; 汤晨逢

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To probe into the cure effect of the decompression alone of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis and internal fixation. Method: To choose 56 patients randomly in our hospital from January 2005 to January 2006, who all received regular conservative treatment but effect were not good. According to the incidence locations and the criteria, the 56 patients were divided into two groups, the decompression alone group and the decompression alone assisted by internal frxation group, then to analysis the cure effective of surgeries. Result: In the postoperative 8 months to 5 years, the patients are follow-up visited. To Analysis the improvement rate of the statistics by Japanese Osteologic methods , we got that the improvement rate of the two groups are 57.4+32.5% and 63.7±24.3% ,and the excellence rate are 65% and 82% o There are no statistical diffence. Conclusion: It can gain an excellence effect in the treatment of Degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis by using the decompression alone and internal fixation, which can be used in clinical treatment for its reliable.%目的:探讨单纯减压及内固定术治疗退行性腰椎管狭窄的疗效.方法:随机抽取2005年1月至2006年1月来我院诊治的退行性腰椎管狭窄患者56例,所有患者均经过正规保守治疗结果不明显.根据腰椎管狭窄的所致的症状部位及分型标准,将56例患者分为两组,即单纯减压组和单纯减压联合内固定术组.并对手术疗效进行回顾性分析.结果:术后随访8个月至5年,将随访反馈的数据采用日本骨科学15分法进行改善率分析得知,两组改善率分别为57.4±32.5%及63.7±24.3%,两组优良率分别为65%及82%,两组数据间无统计学差异.结论:在退行性腰椎管狭窄治疗中,应用单纯减压及内固定术治疗可明显改善患者的临床症状并获得良好的治疗效果,是一种较为可靠的手术方式,值得临床应用.

  12. Comparative Study of the Difference of Perioperative Complication and Radiologic Results: MIS-DLIF (Minimally Invasive Direct Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion) Versus MIS-OLIF (Minimally Invasive Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion).

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    Jin, Jie; Ryu, Kyeong-Sik; Hur, Jung-Woo; Seong, Ji-Hoon; Kim, Jin-Sung; Cho, Hyun-Jin

    2017-01-04

    Retrospective observatory analysis. The purpose of this study was to compare the incidence of perioperative complication, difference of cage location, and sagittal alignment between minimally invasive oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-OLIF) and MIS-direct lateral lumbar interbody fusion (DLIF) in the cases of single-level surgery at L4-L5. MIS-DLIF using tubular retractor has been used for the treatment of lumbar degenerative diseases; however, blunt transpsoas dissection poses a risk of injury to the lumbar plexus. As an alternative, MIS-OLIF uses a window between the prevertebral venous structures and psoas muscle. A total of 43 consecutive patients who underwent MIS-DLIF or MIS-OLIF for various L4/L5 level pathologies between November 2011 and April 2014 by a single surgeon were retrospectively reviewed. A complication classification based on the relation to surgical procedure and effect duration was used. Perioperative complications until 3-month postoperatively were reviewed for the patients. Radiologic results including the cage location and sagittal alignment were also assessed with plain radiography. There were no significant statistical differences in perioperative parameters and early clinical outcome between 2 groups. Overall, there were 13 (59.1%) approach-related complications in the DLIF group and 3 (14.3%) in the OLIF group. In the DLIF group, 3 (45.6%) were classified as persistent, however, there was no persistent complication in the OLIF group. In the OLIF group, cage is located mostly in the middle 1/3 of vertebral body, significantly increasing posterior disk space height and foraminal height compared with the DLIF group. Global and segmental lumbar lordosis was greater in the DLIF group due to anterior cage position without statistical significance. In our report of L4/L5 level diseases, the OLIF technique may decrease approach-related perioperative morbidities by eliminating the risk of unwanted muscle and nerve manipulations. Using

  13. Biomechanical evaluation of an interfacet joint decompression and stabilization system.

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    Leasure, Jeremi M; Buckley, Jenni

    2014-07-01

    -alone minimally invasive technologies. The FJ spacer system effectively increased stiffness of the affected level comparable to predicate systems. Results of this study indicate the FJ spacer increases foraminal area in the cervical spine, and decompression is maintained during bending activities. Clinical studies will be necessary to determine whether the magnitude of decompression observed in this cadaveric study will effectively treat cervical radiculopathy; however, results of this study, taken in context of successful decompression treatments in the lumbar spine, are promising for the continued development of this product. Results of this biomechanical study are encouraging for the continued investigation of this device in animal and clinical trials, as they suggest the device is well fixated and mechanically competent.

  14. Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion at L5-S1 through a Unilateral Approach: Technical Feasibility and Outcomes

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    Won-Suh Choi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Minimally invasive spinal transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF at L5-S1 is technically more demanding than it is at other levels because of the anatomical and biomechanical traits. Objective. To determine the clinical and radiological outcomes of MIS-TLIF for treatment of single-level spinal stenosis low-grade isthmic or degenerative spondylolisthesis at L5-S1. Methods. Radiological data and electronic medical records of patients who underwent MIS-TLIF between May 2012 and December 2014 were reviewed. Fusion rate, cage position, disc height (DH, disc angle (DA, disc slope angle, segmental lordotic angle (SLA, lumbar lordotic angle (LLA, and pelvic parameters were assessed. For functional assessment, the visual analogue scale (VAS, Oswestry disability index (ODI, and patient satisfaction rate (PSR were utilized. Results. A total of 21 levels in 21 patients were studied. DH, DA, SLA, and LLA had increased from their preoperative measures at the final follow-up. Fusion rate was 86.7% (18/21 at 12 months’ follow-up. The most common cage position was anteromedial (15/21. The mean VAS scores for back and leg pain mean ODI scores improved significantly at the final follow-up. PSR was 88%. Cage subsidence was observed in 33.3% (7/21. Conclusions. The clinical and radiologic outcomes after MIS-TLIF at L5-S1 in patients with spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis are generally favorable.

  15. [The use of minimally invasive instrumental spinal surgical technique in lumbar diseases of degenerative or traumatic origin].

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    Schwarcz, Attila; Kasó, Gábor; Büki, András; Dóczi, Tamás

    2013-03-30

    Paradigm change has recently taken place in spine surgery with the application of minimally invasive techniques. Minimally invasive techniques have several advantages over the open traditional techniques: less blood loss, preservation of spine muscle integrity, shorter hospitalization, early mobilization, reduced pain levels, lower risk of infection. The presented cases cover following lumbar pathologies: segmental spinal instability, LV-SI grade II. spondylolisthesis, degenerative spondylolisthesis, spine trauma. Unilateral or bilateral mini-open technique was employed in the degenerative cases, depending on symptoms and signes. If unilateral symptoms--pathology was identified, screws and rod were implanted percutaneously on the side contralateral to the pathology. The segmental fusion between vertebral bodies was always assured by a cage and autologous bone. The presented trauma case involved combined AO type A2 and B fractures. The anterior column was strengthened with vertebral body stents filled with bone cement, the posterior column was fixed with a percutaneously implanted screw rod system. Insertion of stents in the collapsed vertebra significantly increased the vertebral body height and also improved the stability of the spine. Minimally invasive spine surgery techniques appear more advantageous over the traditional open spine surgery that necessitates for large midline approaches.

  16. Minimally Invasive Resection of an Extradural Far Lateral Lumbar Schwannoma with Zygapophyseal Joint Sparing: Surgical Nuances and Literature Review

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    Vítor M. Gonçalves

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Spinal schwannomas are benign nerve sheath tumors. Completely extradural schwannomas of the lumbar spine are extremely rare lesions, accounting for only 0,7–4,2% of all spinal NSTs. Standard open approaches have been used to treat these tumors, requiring extensive muscle dissection, laminectomy, radical foraminotomy, and facetectomy. In this paper the authors present the case of a minimally invasive resection of a completely extradural schwannoma. Operative technique literature review is presented. Material & Methods. A 50-year-old woman presented with progressive complains of chronic right leg pain and paresthesia. The magnetic resonance imaging revealed a giant well-encapsulated dumbbell-shaped extradural lesion at the L3-L4 level. The patient underwent a minimally invasive gross total resection of the tumor using a tubular expandable retractor system. Results. The patient had complete resolution of radiculopathy in the immediate postoperative period and she was discharged home, neurologically intact, on the second postoperative day. Postoperative MRI demonstrated no evidence of residual tumor. At latest follow-up (18 months the patient remains asymptomatic. Conclusion. Although challenging, this minimally invasive procedure is safe and effective, being an appropriate alternative, with many potential advantages, to the open approach.

  17. 后正中入路Dynesys置入对腰椎全椎板减压术后生理性稳定性的作用%Dynesys placement on lumbar spine stability during total lumbar laminectomy decompression via posterior midline approach

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    侯煜; 田少辉; 卜宏建; 冯建刚; 武士科; 李盼祥; 李志平; 尚爱加

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the role of Dynesys placement on lumbar spine stability during the total lumbar laminectomy decompression for intraspinal schwannoma via posterior midline approach Methods 6 patients with lumbar intraspinal schwannoma were underwent by the total laminectomy via posterior midline approach .After the operation , the lumbar spinal stability was rebuilt by Dynesys placement .Results Schwannoma were completely resected . The X-ray reexamination in 1 ,3 ,6 months showed the activitivies of each vertebral flexion were good including L-spine flexion-extension position and the width of intervertebral space were equal .Implants location was good without adjacent segment degeneration , spinal instability and spondylolisthesis . Conclusions Dynesys placement during total laminectomy resection for lumbar spine intraspinal schwannoma can fully expose tumor area field of vision , completely remove schwannoma , effectively avoid spinal cord injury .Dynesys placement can not only achieve the traditional fusion stiffness of spinal stability , but also can effectively rebuild the physiologic stability and prevent the adiacent segment degeneration .%目的:探讨经后正中入路切除腰椎椎管内神经鞘瘤同时行腰椎动态稳定重建系统( Dynesys )置入对重建脊柱生理性稳定的作用。方法对采用后正中入路全椎板切除上腰椎椎管内神经鞘瘤的6例患者,术后应用腰椎Dynesys进行脊柱稳定性重建。结果神经鞘瘤均完整切除。术后1周、3个月、6个月时X线片复查示腰椎过伸、过屈位各椎体活动度良好,椎间隙等宽;内置物位置良好,无临近节段退变、脊柱失稳、椎体滑脱现象。结论对腰椎椎管内神经鞘瘤采用全椎板切除后置入Dynesys能够充分暴露肿瘤所在区域的视野,完整切除神经鞘瘤,有效避免损伤脊髓神经。 Dynesys既能达到传统强直融合的脊柱稳定性,还能够有效重建生理性稳

  18. Lumbar stenosis: clinical case

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    Pedro Sá

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Lumbar stenosis is an increasingly common pathological condition that is becoming more frequent with increasing mean life expectancy, with high costs for society. It has many causes, among which degenerative, neoplastic and traumatic causes stand out. Most of the patients respond well to conservative therapy. Surgical treatment is reserved for patients who present symptoms after implementation of conservative measures. Here, a case of severe stenosis of the lumbar spine at several levels, in a female patient with pathological and surgical antecedents in the lumbar spine, is presented. The patient underwent two different decompression techniques within the same operation.

  19. The use of a retractor system (SynFrame) for open, minimal invasive reconstruction of the anterior column of the thoracic and lumbar spine

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    Kossmann, Thomas; Jacobi, Dagmar; Trentz, Otmar

    2001-01-01

    In 65 consecutive cases of trauma (n=55), pseudo-arthrosis (n=4) and metastasis (n=6), anterior reconstruction of the thoracic and lumbar spine was performed using a new minimal invasive but open access procedure. No operation had to be changed into an open procedure. The thoracolumbar junction was approached by a left-sided mini-thoracotomy (n=50), the thoracic spine by a right-sided mini-thoracotomy (n=8) and the lumbar spine by a left sided mini-retroperitoneal approach (n=7), using a new ...

  20. Clinical efficacy of posterior decompression and fusion and internal fixation for treatment of degenerative lumbar spi-nal stenosis with lumbar segmental instability%后路减压融合内固定术治疗退变性腰椎椎管狭窄合并节段性腰椎不稳的临床疗效

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    李新福; 刘勇

    2014-01-01

    目的:观察后路腰椎椎管减压、椎弓根螺钉内固定并椎体间植骨融合术,治疗退变性腰椎椎管狭窄合并节段性腰椎不稳定患者的临床疗效。方法2006年1月~2011年12月收治的82例退变性腰椎椎管狭窄合并节段性腰椎不稳的患者,行后路减压融合内固定术治疗。采用Oswestry功能障碍指数(Oswestry disability index, ODI),疼痛视觉模拟量表(visual analogue scale, VAS)和日本骨科学会(Japanese Orthopaedic Association,JOA)评分评估临床疗效。同时行影像学检查,测量椎间隙高度,用Bridwell方法评价腰椎融合情况。结果平均随访48个月,术后腰痛VAS评分、腿痛VAS评分、JOA评分、ODI、椎间隙高度均较术前明显改善,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01)。末次随访时,根据Bridwell腰椎融合评价标准,Ⅰ级和Ⅱ级为80例(97.5%)。末次随访时,X线片、MRI检查发现4例螺钉松动断裂但已骨性融合(4%),2例植骨未融合,椎间隙高度降低(2%)。疗效评定优24例,良46例,可8例,差5例,优良率为85.4%。结论减压融合固定治疗退变性腰椎椎管狭窄症合并节段性腰椎不稳远期疗效肯定,但应把恢复该节段的稳定作为重点。%Objective To observe the Clinical efficacy of posterior decompression and fusion and internal fixation for treat -ment of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis with lumbar segmental instability .Methods From 2006 January to 2011 Decem-ber, 82 cases of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis with lumbar segmental instability were treated with posterior decompres -sion, fusion and internal fixation.Oswestry disability index (ODI), visual analogue scale (VAS) and Japanese Orthopaedic Association(JOA ) scores were used to evaluate the clinical efficacy .Intervertebral height were observed on roentgenographs , and Bridwell method were used to evaluate lumbar fusion .Results The average

  1. Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion Results of 23 consecutive cases

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    Amit Jhala

    2014-01-01

    Conclusion: The study demonstrates a good clinicoradiological outcome of minimally invasive TLIF. It is also superior in terms of postoperative back pain, blood loss, hospital stay, recovery time as well as medication use.

  2. Effect analysis of non-surgical spinal decompression in the treatment of lumbar intervertebral disc herniation%非手术脊柱减压治疗腰椎间盘突出症的效果分析

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    黄江湖; 尹晓明; 林飞跃; 徐杨; 许春财; 林蕴硕

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨非手术脊柱减压治疗腰椎间盘突出症的效果。方法选取2008年7月~2012年10月本院收治的100例腰椎间盘突出症患者为研究对象,将其随机分为观察组和对照组,每组50例。对照组患者采用普通腰椎牵引治疗,观察组患者采用非手术脊柱减压系统进行牵引治疗,治疗结束后,对比两组患者的治疗效果。结果观察组治疗有效率为96.00%,高于对照组的82.00%,差异有统计学意义(P0.05)。治疗后,两组VAS、CODI均降低,观察组降低程度更明显,差异有统计学意义(P0.05).After therapy,VAS score and CODI was decreased respectively,the decreasing level in observation group was more remarkable than that in control group respectively,with statistical difference (P<0.05). Conclusion In comparison with common traction,non-surgical spinal decompression in the treatment of lumbar intervertebral disc herniation can better improve patients’symptoms and signs,help them to get recovery of daily life activity.

  3. 经皮激光腰椎间盘减压术激光照射量与CT分级相关性研究%Correlation study of laser exposure in percutaneous laser lumbar disc decompression and CT classification

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    付昌马; 杨祖华

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effect of percutaneous laser disc decompression ( PLDD) on lumbar disc herniation,analyze the relationship between CT classification( Ⅰ,Ⅱ grade)and laser exposure,and develope related size of laser exposure.Methods From April 2006 to November 2009 in third people ' s hospital of hefei,46 cases of lumbar disc herniation were chosen.34 cases of lumbar 4 -5 disc hemiation; 8 cases of lumbar 5 sacral 1 and lumbar 4 t0 5 hemiation,5 cases of lumbar 4 -5 and lumbar 5 sacral I hemiation combined with vaporization.Laser fiber was inserted into the intervertebral disc along the puncture needle to be vaponzed under C-arm X-ray machine.Based on CT grading,the patients were divided inlo CT I group and CT II group ; two sample t test was used to compare doses of laser exposure;X2 test was used to compare the effects of CT grade level of grade I and Ⅱ.Results ①Between CT I grade group and CT Ⅱ grade group,there were significant differences in the laser irradiation dose (P < 0.05 ).②Between CT Ⅰ grade level group and CT Ⅱ level group,there was no significant difference in the treatment effect ( P > 0.05).Assessment of efficacy using the Macnab criteria:excellent in 31 cases,good in 6 cases,fair in 7 cases,poor in 2 cases,the excellent and good rate was 80%.Conclusions The laser irradiation dose of PLDD treatment for CT I level group was around 500J; that of CT II grade group was 600 -710 J; good grasp of the laser exposure dose will achieve a satisfactory therapeutic effect.%目的 探讨经皮激光椎间盘减压术(PLDD)治疗腰椎间盘突出症治疗效果,分析CT分级(Ⅰ、Ⅱ级)与激光照射量的相关性,研究出相关激光照射量的大小.方法 收集2006年4月至2009年11月合肥市第三人民医院骨科46例腰椎间盘突出症患者,第4~5腰椎间盘突出34例;第5腰椎至第1骶椎和第4~5腰椎同时突出8例;第5腰椎至第1骶椎和第4~5腰椎同时突出并汽化5例.C臂X线

  4. Minimally invasive versusopen transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for lumbar degenerative disease:a meta-analysis%微小切口与经椎间孔腰椎融合治疗腰椎退行性病的Meta分析

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    冉兵; 严磊; 赵晓蕾; 谢远龙; 蔡林

    2014-01-01

    背景:大量研究已证实微小切口与开放经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合治疗单节段和多节段腰椎退行性疾病均有较好的疗效,但两种治疗方法的优劣目前尚无定论。  目的:系统评价微小切口与开放经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合治疗腰椎退行性疾病的疗效及安全性。  方法:计算机检索 The Cochrane Library(2014年第2期)、PubMed、EMbase、MEDLINE、SCI、CNKI、CBM、WanFang Data,检索时限为到2014年2月;收集采用微小切口与开放经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合治疗腰椎退行性疾病的随机或非随机同期对照试验。由2名评价者按照纳入与排除标准选择试验、提取资料和评价质量后,采用RevMan 5.2软件进行Meta分析。  结果与结论:纳入1个随机对照试验,18个非随机对照试验,共1400例患者。Meta分析结果显示,与传统开放经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合相比,微小切口经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合具有椎旁肌损伤小,出血量少,住院时间短,早期疗效好,腰痛远期缓解率高等优点;但是微小切口经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合在改善远期运动功能,远期腿痛缓解率,减少并发症方面并不优于开放经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合治疗;且手术时间更长。因此,在严格掌握适应证的前提下,采用微小切口经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合能较好解决腰椎退行性疾病患者的病痛。由于纳入研究数量和质量存在局限性,上述结论仍需大样本、高质量的随机对照试验进一步验证。临床应根据患者的具体情况,综合评估病情,选择最佳治疗方案。%BACKGROUND:A large number of studies have confirmed that minimaly invasive and open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion approaches for single-segment and multi-segment lumbar degenerative diseases were effective, but their advantages and disadvantages remain inconclusive. OBJECTIVE:To systematicaly evaluate the effectiveness

  5. Clinico-radiological profile of indirect neural decompression using cage or auto graft as interbody construct in posterior lumbar interbody fusion in spondylolisthesis: Which is better?

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    Q R Abdul

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Study design: A prospective clinical study of posterior lumbar interbody fusion in grade I and II degenerative spondylolisthesis was conducted between Mar 2007 and Aug 2008. Purpose: The objective was to assess the clinicoradiological profile of structural v/s nonstructural graft on intervertebral disc height and its consequences on the low back pain (LBP assessed by Visual analog score (VAS score and oswestry disability index (ODI . This study involved 28 patients. Inclusion criteria: Age of 30-70 years, symptomatic patient with disturbed Activities of daily living (ADL, single-level L4/L5 or L5/S1 grade I or grade II degenerative spondylolisthesis. Exclusion criteria: Patients with osteoporosis, recent spondylodiscitis, subchondral sclerosis, visual and cognitive impairment and all other types of spondylolisthesis. All the patients underwent short-segment posterior fixation using CD2 or M8 instrumentation, laminectomy discectomy, reduction and distraction of the involved vertebral space. In 53.5% (n = 15 of the patients, snugly fitted local bone chips were used while in 46.4% (n = 13 of the patients, cage was used. Among the cage group, titanium cage was used in nine (32.1% and PEEK cages were used in four (14.2% patients. In one patient, a unilateral PEEK cage was used. The mean follow-up period was 24 months. Among the 28 patients, 67.8% (n = 19 were females and 32.14% (n = 9 were males. 68.24% (n = 18 had L4/L5 and 35.71% (n = 10 had L5/S1 spondylolisthesis. 39.28% (n = 11 were of grade I and 60.71% (n = 17 were of grade II spondylolisthesis. Conclusions: There was a statistically significant correlation (P < 0.012 and P < 0.027 between the change in disc height achieved and the improvement in VAS score in both the graft group and the cage group. The increment in disc height and VAS score was significantly better in the cage group (2 mm ± SD vis-a-vis 7.2 [88%] than the graft group (1.2 mm ± SD vis-a-vis 5 [62 %].

  6. Clinical Research of Minimally Invasive in Treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniation%腰椎间盘突出症微创治疗临床研究

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    高晓明

    2016-01-01

    目的:对比分析腰椎间盘突出症采用传统手术和微创手术治疗的临床效果。方法选取2014年12月~2015年6月在我院接受治疗的106例腰椎间盘突出症患者,59例进行微创手术治疗,47例进行传统手术治疗,观察和对比治疗效果。结果微创手术组比传统手术组患者的VAS评分下降,传统手术治疗腰椎间盘突出症的优良率为76.4%,而微创手术法优良率为93.5%,两种方法临床效果对比,差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论腰椎间盘突出症微创治疗的临床疗效明显,几乎无并发症,对于患者身体损伤小。%Objective Compared with traditional lumbar disc herniation surgery and the clinical effect of minimally invasive surgery treatment. Methods Selected 106 cases of patients with lumbar disc herniation from December 2014 to June 2015 in our hospital, including 59 cases of patients with minimally invasive surgery treatment, 47 cases of patients with traditional surgery treatment, to observe and compare the treatment effect of two groups.ResultsMinimally invasive surgery group VAS score lower than patients with traditional surgery group, the traditional surgical treatment of lumbar disc herniation was 76.4%, and method of minimally invasive surgery was 93.5%, lumbar intervertebral disc herniation statistical signiifcance (P<0.05).Conclusion The clinical curative effect of minimally invasive treatment of lumbar disc herniation is very obvious, and almost no complications, for small body injury, the clinical treatment in lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion.

  7. Assessment of the trauma degree and spinal cord function of para-median minimally invasive and open TLIF for single segmental lumbar degenerative disease

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    Zheng Bo-long; He Bao-rong; Yang Xiao-bin; Yang Ming; Yan Liang; Bai Xiao-fan; Hao Ding-jun

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To study the trauma degree of para-median minimally invasive and open TLIF for single segmental lumbar degenerative disease and the effect on spinal cord function.Methods:A total of 78 cases of patients with single segmental lumbar disc herniation who received TLIF treatment in our hospital were selected as the research subjects and randomly divided into two groups, minimally invasive group received para-median minimally invasive TLIF and open group received open TLIF. Perioperative serum levels of oxidative stress indicators and pain mediators as well as spinal cord function were compared between two groups.Results: 1 d and 3 d after operation, serum SOD, GSH-Px and SP levels of minimally invasive group were significantly higher than those of open group, and MDA, AOPP, NO,β-EP, PGE2 and CGRP levels were significantly lower than those of open group; 1 week after operation, NCV and DL of common peroneal nerve and tibial nerve of two groups were not different from those before operation; 4 weeks and 16 weeks after operation, NCV of common peroneal nerve and tibial nerve of both groups were higher than those before operation while DL were lower than those before operation, and NCV of common peroneal nerve and tibial nerve of minimally invasive group were significantly higher than those of open group while DL were significantly lower than those of open group.Conclusion:The trauma degree of para-median minimally invasive TLIF for single segmental lumbar degenerative disease is less and the postoperative spinal cord function recovery is more ideal.

  8. Comparing the Validity of Non-Invasive Methods in Measuring Thoracic Kyphosis and Lumbar Lordosis

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    Mohammad Yousefi

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: the purpose of this article is to study the validity of each of the non-invasive methods (flexible ruler, spinal mouse, and processing the image versus the one through-Ray radiation (the basic method and comparing them with each other.Materials and Methods: for evaluating the validity of each of these non-invasive methods, the thoracic Kyphosis and lumber Lordosis angle of 20 students of Birjand University (age mean and standard deviation: 26±2, weight: 72±2.5 kg, height: 169±5.5 cm through fours methods of flexible ruler, spinal mouse, and image processing and X-ray.Results: the results indicated that the validity of the methods including flexible ruler, spinal mouse, and image processing in measuring the thoracic Kyphosis and lumber Lordosis angle respectively have an adherence of 0.81, 0.87, 0.73, 0.76, 0.83, 0.89 (p>0.05. As a result, regarding the gained validity against the golden method of X-ray, it could be stated that the three mentioned non-invasive methods have adequate validity. In addition, the one-way analysis of variance test indicated that there existed a meaningful relationship between the three methods of measuring the thoracic Kyphosis and lumber Lordosis, and with respect to the Tukey’s test result, the image processing method is the most precise one.Conclusion as a result, this method could be used along with other non-invasive methods as a valid measuring method.

  9. Lumbar foraminal stenosis, the hidden stenosis including at L5/S1.

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    Orita, Sumihisa; Inage, Kazuhide; Eguchi, Yawara; Kubota, Go; Aoki, Yasuchika; Nakamura, Junichi; Matsuura, Yusuke; Furuya, Takeo; Koda, Masao; Ohtori, Seiji

    2016-10-01

    In patients with lower back and leg pain, lumbar foraminal stenosis (LFS) is one of the most important pathologies, especially for predominant radicular symptoms. LFS pathology can develop as a result of progressing spinal degeneration and is characterized by exacerbation with foraminal narrowing caused by lumbar extension (Kemp's sign). However, there is a lack of critical clinical findings for LFS pathology. Therefore, patients with robust and persistent leg pain, which is exacerbated by lumbar extension, should be suspected of LFS. Radiological diagnosis is performed using multiple radiological modalities, such as magnetic resonance imaging, including plain examination and novel protocols such as diffusion tensor imaging, as well as dynamic X-ray, and computed tomography. Electrophysiological testing can also aid diagnosis. Treatment options include both conservative and surgical approaches. Conservative treatment includes medication, rehabilitation, and spinal nerve block. Surgery should be considered when the pathology is refractory to conservative treatment and requires direct decompression of the exiting nerve root, including the dorsal root ganglia. In cases with decreased intervertebral height and/or instability, fusion surgery should also be considered. Recent advancements in minimally invasive lumbar lateral interbody fusion procedures enable effective and less invasive foraminal enlargement compared with traditional fusion surgeries such as transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. The lumbosacral junction can cause L5 radiculopathy with greater incidence than other lumbar levels as a result of anatomical and epidemiological factors, which should be better addressed when treating clinical lower back pain.

  10. The concave versus convex approach for minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion for thoracolumbar degenerative scoliosis.

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    Scheer, Justin K; Khanna, Ryan; Lopez, Alejandro J; Fessler, Richard G; Koski, Tyler R; Smith, Zachary A; Dahdaleh, Nader S

    2015-10-01

    We retrospectively reviewed patient charts to compare the approach-related (convex versus concave) neurological complications and magnitude of correction in patients undergoing lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF). It is yet to be quantitatively determined if correction of adult degenerative scoliosis from either side of the curve apex using a LLIF results in a reduction in complications and/or improved corrective ability. The inclusion criteria for this study were patients who underwent a LLIF for adult degenerative thoracolumbar scoliosis and had the LLIF prior to any other supplemental procedures. Patients were grouped based on the approach toward the curve apex concavity (CAVE) or the convexity (VEX). Standard coronal and sagittal radiographic measurements were made. Neurological complications and reoperation indications were also recorded. We included 32 patients for review (CAVE: 17; VEX: 15) with a mean age of 65.5 years±a standard deviation of 10.2, and mean follow-up of 17.0 months±15.7. There were eight postoperative neurological complications in eight patients (25.0%), and seven reoperations for six patients (18.8%; CAVE: 4/17 [23.5%]; VEX: 2/15 [13.3%]). The CAVE group had 6/17 neurological complications (35.3%; four ipsilateral and two contralateral to approach side) and VEX had 2/15 (13.3%; one ipsilateral and one bilateral to approach side; p>0.05). All patients significantly improved in the mean regional and segmental Cobb angles (p0.05). There were no significant differences between the groups for any of the radiographic parameters measured (p>0.05). Approaching the curve apex from either the concave or convex side resulted in significant improvements. The concave approach was associated with more postoperative neurological complications.

  11. First clinical results of minimally invasive vector lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-VLIF) in spondylodiscitis and concomitant osteoporosis: a technical note.

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    Rieger, Bernhard; Jiang, Hongzhen; Ruess, Daniel; Reinshagen, Clemens; Molcanyi, Marek; Zivcak, Jozef; Tong, Huaiyu; Schackert, Gabriele

    2016-12-27

    First description of MIS-VLIF, a minimally invasive lumbar stabilization, to evaluate its safety and feasibility in patients suffering from weak bony conditions (lumbar spondylodiscitis and/or osteoporosis). After informed consent, 12 patients suffering from lumbar spondylodiscitis underwent single level MIS-VLIF. Eight of them had a manifest osteoporosis, either. Pre- and postoperative clinical status was documented using numeric rating scale (NRS) for leg and back pain. In all cases, the optimal height for the cage was preoperatively determined using software-based range of motion and sagittal balance analysis. CT scans were obtained to evaluate correct placement of the construct and to verify fusion after 6 months. Since 2013, 12 patients with lumbar pyogenic spondylodiscitis underwent MIS-VLIF. Mean surgery time was 169 ± 28 min and average blood loss was less than 400 ml. Postoperative CT scans showed correct placement of the implants. Eleven patients showed considerable postoperative improvement in clinical scores. In one patient, we observed screw loosening. After documented bony fusion in the CT scan, the fixation system was removed in two cases to achieve lower material load. The load-bearing trajectories (vectors) of MIS-VLIF are different from those of conventional coaxial pedicle screw implantation. The dorsally converging construct combines the heads of the dorsoventral pedicle screws with laminar pedicle screws following cortical bone structures within a small approach. In case of lumbar spondylodiscitis and/or osteoporosis, MIS-VLIF relies on cortical bony structures for all screw vectors and the construct does not depend on conventional coaxial pedicle screws in the presence of inflamed, weak, cancellous or osteoporotic bone. MIS-VLIF allows full 360° lumbar fusion including cage implantation via a small, unilateral dorsal midline approach.

  12. Percutaneous treatment of cervical and lumbar herniated disc

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    Kelekis, A., E-mail: akelekis@med.uoa.gr; Filippiadis, D.K., E-mail: dfilippiadis@yahoo.gr

    2015-05-15

    Therapeutic armamentarium for symptomatic intervertebral disc herniation includes conservative therapy, epidural infiltrations (interlaminar or trans-foraminal), percutaneous therapeutic techniques and surgical options. Percutaneous, therapeutic techniques are imaging-guided, minimally invasive treatments for intervertebral disc herniation which can be performed as outpatient procedures. They can be classified in 4 main categories: mechanical, thermal, chemical decompression and biomaterials implantation. Strict sterility measures are a prerequisite and should include extensive local sterility and antibiotic prophylaxis. Indications include the presence of a symptomatic, small to medium sized contained intervertebral disc herniation non-responding to a 4–6 weeks course of conservative therapy. Contraindications include sequestration, infection, segmental instability (spondylolisthesis), uncorrected coagulopathy or a patient unwilling to provide informed consent. Decompression techniques are feasible and reproducible, efficient (75–94% success rate) and safe (>0.5% mean complications rate) therapies for the treatment of symptomatic intervertebral disc herniation. Percutaneous, imaging guided, intervertebral disc therapeutic techniques can be proposed either as an initial treatment or as an attractive alternative prior to surgery for the therapy of symptomatic herniation in both cervical and lumbar spine. This article will describe the mechanism of action for different therapeutic techniques applied to intervertebral discs of cervical and lumbar spine, summarize the data concerning safety and effectiveness of these treatments, and provide a rational approach for the therapy of symptomatic intervertebral disc herniation in cervical and lumbar spine.

  13. Role of early minimal-invasive spine fixation in acute thoracic and lumbar spine trauma

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    Schmidt Oliver

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Polytraumatized patients following a severe trauma suffer from substantial disturbances of the immune system. Secondary organ dysfunction syndromes due to early hyperinflammation and late immunparalysis contribute to adverse outcome. Consequently the principle of damage control surgery / orthopedics developed in the last two decades to limit secondary iatrogenic insult in these patients. New percutaneous internal fixators provide implants for a damage control approach of spinal trauma in polytraumatized patients. The goal of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of minimal-invasive instrumentation in the setting of minor and major trauma and to discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of this procedure. Materials and Methods: The present study is a prospective analysis of 76 consecutive patients (mean age 53.3 years with thoracolumbar spine fractures following major or minor trauma from August 2003 to January 2007 who were subjected to minimal-invasive dorsal instrumentation using CD Horizon ® Sextant TM Rod Insertion System and Longitude TM Rod Insertion System (Medtronic ® Sofamor Danek. Perioperative and postoperative outcome measures including e.g. local and systemic complications were assessed and discussed. Results: Forty-nine patients (64.5% suffered from minor trauma (Injury Severity Score < 16. Polytraumatized patients (n=27; 35.5% had associated chest (n=20 and traumatic brain injuries (n=22. For mono- and bisegmental dorsal instrumentation the Sextant TM was used in 60 patients, whereas in 16 longer ranging instrumentations the (prototype Longitude TM system was implanted. Operation time was substantially lower than in conventional approach at minimum 22.5 min for Sextant and 36.2 min for Longitude TM , respectively. Geriatric patients with high perioperative risk according to ASA classification benefited from the less invasive approach and lack of approach-related complications including no substantial blood loss

  14. More nerve root injuries occur with minimally invasive lumbar surgery, especially extreme lateral interbody fusion: A review

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    Nancy E Epstein

    2016-01-01

    Conclusions: This review indicates that MIS (TLIF/PLIF/ALIF/XLIF lumbar surgery resulted in a higher incidence of root injuries, radiculitis, or plexopathy versus open lumbar surgical techniques. Furthermore, even a cursory look at the XLIF data demonstrated the greater danger posed to neural tissue by this newest addition to the MIS lumbar surgical armamentariu. The latter should prompt us as spine surgeons to question why the XLIF procedure is still being offered to our patients?

  15. Surgeons' exposure to radiation in single- and multi-level minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion; a prospective study.

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    Haruki Funao

    Full Text Available Although minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF has widely been developed in patients with lumbar diseases, surgeons risk exposure to fluoroscopic radiation. However, to date, there is no studies quantifying the effective dose during MIS-TLIF procedure, and the radiation dose distribution is still unclear. In this study, the surgeons' radiation doses at 5 places on the bodies were measured and the effective doses were assessed during 31 consecutive 1- to 3-level MIS-TLIF surgeries. The operating surgeon, assisting surgeon, and radiological technologist wore thermoluminescent dosimeter on the unshielded thyroid, chest, genitals, right middle finger, and on the chest beneath a lead apron. The doses at the lens and the effective doses were also calculated. Mean fluoroscopy times were 38.7, 53.1, and 58.5 seconds for 1, 2, or 3 fusion levels, respectively. The operating surgeon's mean exposures at the lens, thyroid, chest, genitals, finger, and the chest beneath the shield, respectively, were 0.07, 0.07, 0.09, 0.14, 0.32, and 0.05 mSv in 1-level MIS-TLIF; 0.07, 0.08, 0.09, 0.18, 0.34, and 0.05 mSv in 2-level; 0.08, 0.09, 0.14, 0.15, 0.36, and 0.06 mSv in 3-level; and 0.07, 0.08, 0.10, 0.15, 0.33, and 0.05 mSv in all cases. Mean dose at the operating surgeon's right finger was significantly higher than other measurements parts (P<0.001. The operating surgeon's effective doses (0.06, 0.06, and 0.07 mSv for 1, 2, and 3 fusion levels were low, and didn't differ significantly from those of the assisting surgeon or radiological technologist. Revision MIS-TLIF was not associated with higher surgeons' radiation doses compared to primary MIS-TLIF. There were significantly higher surgeons' radiation doses in over-weight than in normal-weight patients. The surgeons' radiation exposure during MIS-TLIF was within the safe level by the International Commission on Radiological Protection's guidelines. The accumulated radiation exposure

  16. Laparoscopic lumbar hernia repair.

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    Madan, Atul K; Ternovits, Craig A; Speck, Karen E; Pritchard, F Elizabeth; Tichansky, David S

    2006-04-01

    Lumbar hernias are rare clinical entities that often pose a challenge for repair. Because of the surrounding anatomy, adequate surgical herniorraphy is often difficult. Minimally invasive surgery has become an option for these hernias. Herein, we describe two patients with lumbar hernias (one with a recurrent traumatic hernia and one with an incisional hernia). Both of these hernias were successfully repaired laparoscopically.

  17. Lumbar degenerative spinal deformity: Surgical options of PLIF, TLIF and MI-TLIF

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    Hey Hwee Weng

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Degenerative disease of the lumbar spine is common in ageing populations. It causes disturbing back pain, radicular symptoms and lowers the quality of life. We will focus our discussion on the surgical options of posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF and minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF for lumbar degenerative spinal deformities, which include symptomatic spondylolisthesis and degenerative scoliosis. Through a description of each procedure, we hope to illustrate the potential benefits of TLIF over PLIF. In a retrospective study of 53 ALIF/PLIF patients and 111 TLIF patients we found reduced risk of vessel and nerve injury in TLIF patients due to less exposure of these structures, shortened operative time and reduced intra-operative bleeding. These advantages could be translated to shortened hospital stay, faster recovery period and earlier return to work. The disadvantages of TLIF such as incomplete intervertebral disc and vertebral end-plate removal and potential occult injury to exiting nerve root when under experienced hands are rare. Hence TLIF remains the mainstay of treatment in degenerative deformities of the lumbar spine. However, TLIF being a unilateral transforaminal approach, is unable to decompress the opposite nerve root. This may require contralateral laminotomy, which is a fairly simple procedure.The use of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF to treat degenerative lumbar spinal deformity is still in its early stages. Although the initial results appear promising, it remains a difficult operative procedure to master with a steep learning curve. In a recent study comparing 29 MI-TLIF patients and 29 open TLIF, MI-TLIF was associated with longer operative time, less blood loss, shorter hospital stay, with no difference in SF-36 scores at six months and two years. Whether it can replace traditional TLIF as the surgery of

  18. A lumbar disc surgery predictive score card.

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    Finneson, B E

    1978-06-01

    A lumbar disc surgery predictive score card or questionnaire has been developed to assess potential candidates for excision of a herniated lumbar disc who have not previously undergone lumbar spine surgery. It is not designed to encompass patients who are being considered for other types of lumbar spine surgery, such as decompressive laminectomy or fusion. In an effort to make the "score card" usable by almost all physicians who are involved in lumbar disc surgery, only studies which have broad acceptance and are generally employed are included. Studies which have less widespread use such as electromyogram, discogram, venogram, special psychologic studies (MMPI, pain drawings) have been purposely excluded.

  19. Minimally invasive presacral approach for revision of an Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion rod due to fall-related lumbosacral instability: a case report

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    Cohen Anders

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction The purpose of this study was to describe procedural details of a minimally invasive presacral approach for revision of an L5-S1 Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion rod. Case presentation A 70-year-old Caucasian man presented to our facility with marked thoracolumbar scoliosis, osteoarthritic changes characterized by high-grade osteophytes, and significant intervertebral disc collapse and calcification. Our patient required crutches during ambulation and reported intractable axial and radicular pain. Multi-level reconstruction of L1-4 was accomplished with extreme lateral interbody fusion, although focal lumbosacral symptoms persisted due to disc space collapse at L5-S1. Lumbosacral interbody distraction and stabilization was achieved four weeks later with the Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion System (TranS1 Inc., Wilmington, NC, USA and rod implantation via an axial presacral approach. Despite symptom resolution following this procedure, our patient suffered a fall six weeks postoperatively with direct sacral impaction resulting in symptom recurrence and loss of L5-S1 distraction. Following seven months of unsuccessful conservative care, a revision of the Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion rod was performed that utilized the same presacral approach and used a larger diameter implant. Minimal adhesions were encountered upon presacral re-entry. A precise operative trajectory to the base of the previously implanted rod was achieved using fluoroscopic guidance. Surgical removal of the implant was successful with minimal bone resection required. A larger diameter Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion rod was then implanted and joint distraction was re-established. The radicular symptoms resolved following revision surgery and our patient was ambulating without assistance on post-operative day one. No adverse events were reported. Conclusions The Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion distraction rod may be revised and replaced with a larger diameter rod using

  20. Advances of imaging-guided interventional minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation%影像导引腰椎间盘突出症微创治疗技术进展

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    李福元; 许文哲

    2012-01-01

    Lumbar disc herniation (LDH) is a common disease, which leads to the most common cause of low back pain. Imaging-guided interventional minimally invasive treatment of lumbar disc herniation. which was performed with minimal invasion, less pain, quicker recovery and less complications, has been widely used in clinic, and become the preferred method for the treatment of mild to moderate lumbar disc herniation.%腰椎间盘突出症(lumbar disc herniation,LDH)是一种常见病、多发病,是导致腰腿痛最常见的原因.影像导引微创治疗腰椎间盘突出症创伤小、痛苦少、恢复快、并发症少现已广泛应用于临床,成为治疗轻、中度腰椎间盘突出症的首选方法.

  1. 微创经椎间孔腰椎椎体间融合术研究进展%Research Progress of Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

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    张锋

    2013-01-01

    Lumbar fusion is currently the major treatment of lumbar degenerative disease( spondylosis, spinal instability and discogenic disease etc. ). Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion ( TLIF )has become increasingly popular in recent years. Compared with PLIF,TLIF requires less neural manipulation and retraction, thus reduces interference to the nerve root and dural sac. With the fast development of minimally invasive spine surgery,minimally invasive TLIF has been widely applied in clinical. Here is to make a review of the indicationsand contraindications,surgical method,advantages and disadvantages of minimally invasive TLIF.%腰椎退变性疾病(腰椎滑脱、退变性腰椎失稳、椎间盘源性疾病等)常须行腰椎椎间融合术,近年来经椎间孔入路的腰椎间融合术(TLIF)得到了充分的发展,与传统的后路腰椎间融合手术相比,TLIF对神经根及硬模囊的干扰较少,从而减少了相关并发症的发生.随着微创脊柱外科的进步,微创TLIF也越来越广泛地应用于临床.该文对微创经椎间孔腰椎椎体间融合术的适应证与禁忌证、手术方式、优势与不足、问题与展望等方面的研究现状予以综述.

  2. 微创治疗腰椎间盘突出的研究%Study on Minimally Invasive Treatment for Lumbar Disc Herniation

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    韩田浦

    2015-01-01

    目的:通过对腰椎间盘突出相关疗法进行回顾,了解当前微创疗法进展,针对我院腰椎间盘突出症患者,对其进行微创手术治疗后效果进行分析。方法选取我院腰椎间盘突出症患者100例,随机均分为观察组和对照组,观察组采用微创疗法,对照组采取保守的非手术疗法。结果统计数据分析得出两组患者的疗效存在较大差异(<0.05)。结论微创治疗有效增进了最终疗效,加快腰椎间盘突出症患者身体的康复进程,并且患者在完成手术后没有严重并发症。%Objective Tto through the review of the lumbar disc herniation related therapy, know the progress of the cur ent minimal y invasive therapy, for the patient of lumbar protrusion of the intervertebral disc, the were minimal y invasive surgical treatment ef ect analysis. Methods 100 patients with lumbar disc herniation in our hospital were randomly divided into observation group and control group. The observation group were treated with minimal y invasive therapy, and the control group were treated with conservative non operative treatment.Results There were significant dif erences in the ef icacy of the two groups ( < 0.05). Conclusion Minimal y invasive treatment can ef ectively improve the final ef ect, and accelerate the rehabilitation progress of patients with lumbar disc herniation, and there are no serious complications after the operation.

  3. Spinaplasty following lumbar laminectomy for multilevel lumbar spinal stenosis to prevent iatrogenic instability

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    Surendra Mohan Tuli

    2011-01-01

    Conclusion: Spinaplasty following posterior decompression for multilevel lumbar canal stenosis is a simple operation, without any serious complications, retaining median structures, maintaining the tension band and the strength with least disturbance of kinematics, mobility, stability and lordosis of the lumbar spine.

  4. 微创经椎间孔腰椎间融合术治疗腰椎退变性疾病%Clinical outcome of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion in the treat-ment of lumbar degenerative disease

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    高爱国; 赵鹏; 张钦; 程力

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨微创经椎间孔腰椎间融合术( MIS-TLIF)治疗腰椎退变性疾病的可行性和早期疗效。方法采用MIS-TLIF治疗30例腰椎退变性疾病患者,其中Ⅰ~Ⅱ度退行性或峡部裂型腰椎滑脱症12例,退行性腰椎管狭窄伴节段性不稳8例,腰椎间盘突出症10例。均为单节段融合。结果手术时间127~209(168±41) min;术中出血量23~361(192±169) ml;术中X线照射时间72~136(104±32) s;术后首次下床活动时间1.4~3.8(2.6±1.2) d。疼痛VAS评分术前(7.20±1.02)分,末次随访(1.71±0.66)分,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01)。末次随访椎间融合率为100%。未发生并发症。 X线片显示cage无移位、松动、下沉,椎弓根钉无松动、折断。结论 MIS-TLIF对腰椎的解剖结构破坏小,对椎旁肌肉的剥离少,患者术后恢复快,是一种有效、安全、损伤较小的手术方法,可用于腰椎不稳、局限节段椎间盘病变、≤Ⅱ度以下腰椎滑脱的患者;但手术时间较长,医患X线暴露较多。%Objective To investigate the feasibility and early curative effect of minimally invasive transforaminal lum-bar interbody fusion ( MIS-TLIF) in the treatment of low lumbar degenerative disease. Methods A total of 30 pa-tients underwent MIS-TLIF for low lumbar degenerative disease. They contained 12 cases ofⅠ~Ⅱdegree spondylo-listhesis,8 cases of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis with segmental instability and 10 cases of protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc. All the patients underwent one-level fusion by the same surgeon. Results The surgical time, in-traoperative blood loss volume, X-ray exposed time and the first leaving bed time after surgery were 127~209(168 ± 41) min, 23~361(192 ± 169) ml, 72~136(104 ± 32) s,1. 4~3. 8(2. 6 ± 1. 2) d. VAS of the preoperative and the last follow-up were (7. 20 ± 1. 02)points and (1. 71 ± 0. 66)points,the difference had statistical significance(P<0. 01

  5. 微创经椎间孔腰椎椎体间融合术的研究进展%Research progress of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion

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    潘杰; 钱列; 谭军

    2009-01-01

    腰椎融合是目前治疗腰椎退变性疾病、腰椎不稳及椎间盘源性等疾病的主要手段.经椎间孔腰椎间融合术(transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion,TLIF)是近年发展起来的新型的腰椎融合术,而随着微创脊柱外科(minimally invasive spinal surgery,MISS)的进步,微创TLIF技术也得到了快速的发展,相对传统开放TLIF又有了更进一步的优势.作者就微创TLIF的适应证与禁忌证,手术方式,发展与优势及微创手术辅助器械等方面的研究现状作一综述.%Lumbar fusion is currently the major treatment of lumbar degenerative disease, spinal instability and discogenic disease etc. Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is a novel lumbar fusion technique in recent years, and with the progress of minimally invasive spinal surgery, minimally invasive TLIF (mini-TLIF) technique has also got access to rapid development, which has more advantages compared with traditional open TLIF. The authors review the indications and contraindications, surgical method, development and advantages and minimally invasive surgical assistant instruments of mini -TLIF.

  6. Lumbar Epidural Varix Mimicking Disc Herniation.

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    Bursalı, Adem; Akyoldas, Goktug; Guvenal, Ahmet Burak; Yaman, Onur

    2016-07-01

    Lumbar radiculopathy is generally caused by such well-recognized entity as lumbar disc herniation in neurosurgical practice; however rare pathologies such as thrombosed epidural varix may mimic them by causing radicular symptoms. In this case report, we present a 26-year-old man with the complaint of back and right leg pain who was operated for right L4-5 disc herniation. The lesion interpreted as an extruded disc herniation preoperatively was found to be a thrombosed epidural varix compressing the nerve root preoperatively. The nerve root was decompressed by shrinking the lesion with bipolar thermocoagulation and excision. The patient's complaints disappeared in the postoperative period. Thrombosed lumbar epidural varices may mimic lumbar disc herniations both radiologically and clinically. Therefore, must be kept in mind in the differential diagnosis of lumbar disc herniations. Microsurgical techniques are mandatory for the treatment of these pathologies and decompression with thermocoagulation and excision is an efficient method.

  7. Controversies about interspinous process devices in the treatment of degenerative lumbar spine diseases: past, present, and future.

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    Gazzeri, Roberto; Galarza, Marcelo; Alfieri, Alex

    2014-01-01

    A large number of interspinous process devices (IPD) have been recently introduced to the lumbar spine market as an alternative to conventional decompressive surgery in managing symptomatic lumbar spinal pathology, especially in the older population. Despite the fact that they are composed of a wide range of different materials including titanium, polyetheretherketone, and elastomeric compounds, the aim of these devices is to unload spine, restoring foraminal height, and stabilize the spine by distracting the spinous processes. Although the initial reports represented the IPD as a safe, effective, and minimally invasive surgical alternative for relief of neurological symptoms in patients with low back degenerative diseases, recent studies have demonstrated less impressive clinical results and higher rate of failure than initially reported. The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview on interspinous implants, their mechanisms of action, safety, cost, and effectiveness in the treatment of lumbar stenosis and degenerative disc diseases.

  8. Controversies about Interspinous Process Devices in the Treatment of Degenerative Lumbar Spine Diseases: Past, Present, and Future

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    Roberto Gazzeri

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A large number of interspinous process devices (IPD have been recently introduced to the lumbar spine market as an alternative to conventional decompressive surgery in managing symptomatic lumbar spinal pathology, especially in the older population. Despite the fact that they are composed of a wide range of different materials including titanium, polyetheretherketone, and elastomeric compounds, the aim of these devices is to unload spine, restoring foraminal height, and stabilize the spine by distracting the spinous processes. Although the initial reports represented the IPD as a safe, effective, and minimally invasive surgical alternative for relief of neurological symptoms in patients with low back degenerative diseases, recent studies have demonstrated less impressive clinical results and higher rate of failure than initially reported. The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview on interspinous implants, their mechanisms of action, safety, cost, and effectiveness in the treatment of lumbar stenosis and degenerative disc diseases.

  9. Comparative Efficacy of Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Inter-body Fusion Unilateral and Bilateral Fixed Pedicle Fixation for the Treat-ment of Lumbar Disc Herniation%MIS-TLIF单侧与双侧椎弓根固定治疗腰椎间盘突出症疗效比较

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    李鹏

    2016-01-01

    Objective To approach comparative efficacy of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion uni-lateral and bilateral fixed pedicle fixation for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation. Methods The 80 cases clinical data of lumbar disc herniation patients in our hospital from June 2013 to June 2015 were analyzed,which was to be divided into two groups by different treatment methods,minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion unilateral group 40 cases and bilateral fixed pedicle fixation group 40 cases. Results The operation time、lntraoperative blood loss of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion unilateral group were lower than bilateral fixed pedicle fixation group,P0.05,the VAS score and ODI score of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar in-terbody fusion unilateral group lumbar disc herniation patients after operation were better than before treatment,P0.05. Conclusion The curative effect of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion unilateral and bilateral fixed pedicle fixation are good,the injury of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar inter-body fusion unilateral is little.%目的:探讨MIS-TLIF单侧与双侧椎弓根固定治疗腰椎间盘突出症疗效比较情况。方法分析该院2013年6月—2015年6月收治的80例腰椎间盘突出症患者临床资料,依据治疗方式不同进行分组,MIS-TLIF单侧固定组40例和双侧椎弓根固定组40例。结果 MIS-TLIF单侧固定组腰椎间盘突出症患者手术时间、术中出血量均低于双侧椎弓根固定组,P0.05,治疗后两组腰椎间盘突出症患者VAS评分和ODI评分均优于治疗前,P0.05。结论 MIS-TLIF单侧与双侧椎弓根固定治疗腰椎间盘突出症疗效均较好,MIS-TLIF单侧固定创伤较小。

  10. Avaliação prospectiva da evolução funcional de pacientes tratados de estenose de canal lombar com descompressão sem artrodese Evaluación prospectiva de la evolución funcional de los pacientes tratados de estenosis del canal lumbar con descompresión sin artrodesis Prospective evaluation of functional evolution of patients treated of lumbar canal stenosis with decompression without arthrodesis

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    Frederico Araújo Leite

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar se o procedimento cirúrgico com descompressão posterior sem artrodese da coluna lombar traz benefícios em avaliações prospectivas de dor e incapacidade. MÉTODOS: Dezesseis pacientes foram avaliados através de questionários de incapacidade e dor no período pré-operatório e durante o seguimento pós-operatório de um mês, seis meses e um ano, tendo sido realizada cirurgia de descompressão sem instrumentação pedicular ou artrodese. RESULTADOS: Foram observadas melhoras nos medidores de dor e incapacidade durante o seguimento de um ano pós-operatório em relação aos valores iniciais. CONCLUSÃO: A descompressão sem artrodese em pacientes com estenose de canal lombar demonstrou ser eficaz na melhora da dor e incapacidade em pacientes selecionados no seguimento de um ano pós-operatório.OBJETIVO: Evaluar si el procedimiento quirúrgico con descompresión posterior sin fusión de la columna lumbar es beneficioso en análisis prospectivos de dolor y discapacidad. MÉTODOS: Dieciséis pacientes fueron evaluados por cuestionarios de discapacidad y dolor en el preoperatorio y durante el seguimiento postoperatorio de un mes, seis meses y un año, después de llevar a cabo la cirugía de descompresión sin instrumentación pedicular o artrodesis. RESULTADOS: Se observó una mejoría en el dolor y la discapacidad según la medición durante el seguimiento un año después de la cirugía en comparación con el valor basal. CONCLUSIÓN: La descompresión sin fusión en pacientes con estenosis del canal lumbar demostró ser eficaz para mejorar el dolor y la discapacidad en pacientes seleccionados en el seguimiento un año después de la operación.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the surgical procedure with posterior decompression without fusion of the lumbar spine is beneficial in prospective evaluations of pain and disability. METHODS: Sixteen patients were evaluated through questionnaires of disability and pain

  11. Complications and clinical outcomes of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for the treatment of one- or two-level degenerative disc diseases of the lumbar spine in patients older than 65 years

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    WU Wen-jian; LIANG Yu; ZHANG Xin-kai; CAO Peng; ZHENG Tao

    2012-01-01

    Background Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) has been successfully used to treat degenerative diseases of the lumbar spine.There are few reports comparing the complications and clinical outcomes in older patients who have undergone one- or two-level MIS-TLIF with those of younger patients.The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical outcomes of MIS-TLIF in the treatment of degenerative disc disease of lumbar spine of the patients older than 65 years,with an emphasis on perioperative complications compared to the younger patients.Methods One hundred and fifty-one consecutive cases of one- or two-level degenerative disc disease of lumbar spine treated with MIS-TLIF were reviewed for the radiological and clinical outcomes.They were divided into elderly group (age ≥65 years old) and younger group (age <65 years old),and were followed for at least 6 months.Radiographs were obtained before and after surgery,3 months postoperatively,and at the final follow-up to determine the presence of fusion,hardware-related problems.The clinical outcomes were evaluated using the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI)before and after surgery,and at the final follow-up.The visual analogue scale (VAS) score of back and leg pain were evaluated as well.The intra-operative data and peri-operative complications were recorded.Results The mean age of these patients at operation was (57.7±14.2) years (range 26-82 years).Of 151 patients,62were 65 years or older.The elderly patients had more comorbidities and more porportion of lumbar canal stenosis.The overall fusion rate was 88.4% at the final follow-up,with no significant difference between younger and elderly patients.The ODI,the VAS of back pain and radicular pain of both young and elderly group were significantly improved aftersurgery and at the final follow-up,without significant difference between two groups.There were 16 complications with an incidence of 10.6%,including 7 major complications

  12. Homeopathy - A Safe, Much Less Expensive, Non-Invasive, Viable Alternative for the Treatment of Patients Suffering from Loss of Lumbar Lordosis

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    Saiful Haque

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Loss of lumbar lordosis causing pain and curvature of the vertebral skeleton to one side is a relatively uncommon disease. To our knowledge, successful treatment of loss of lumbar lordosis with any potentized homeopathic drug diluted above Avogadro’s limit (that is, above a potency of 12C has not been documented so far. In this communication, we intend to document a relatively rare case of loss of lumbar lordosis with osteophytic lippings, disc desiccation, and protrusion, causing a narrowing of secondary spinal canal and a bilateral neural foramina, leading to vertebral column curvature with acute pain in an adolescent boy. Methods: The patient had undergone treatment with orthodox Western medicines, but did not get any relief from, or cure of, the ailment; finally, surgery was recommended. The patient’s family brought the patient to the Khuda-Bukhsh Homeopathic Benevolent Foundation where a charitable clinic is run every Friday with the active participation of four qualified homeopathic doctors. A holistic method of homeopathic treatment was adopted by taking into consideration all symptoms and selecting the proper remedy by consulting the homeopathic repertory, mainly of Kent. Results: The symptoms were effectively treated with different potencies of a single homeopathic drug, Calcarea phos. X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI supported recovery and a change in the skeletal curvature that was accompanied by removal of pain and other acute symptoms of the ailment. Conclusion: Homeopathy can be a safe, much less expensive, non-invasive, and viable alternative for the treatment of such cases.

  13. Homeopathy - A Safe, Much Less Expensive, Non-Invasive, Viable Alternative for the Treatment of Patients Suffering from Loss of Lumbar Lordosis

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    Haque, Saiful; Das, Debarsi; Bhattacharya, Saugato; Sarkar, Tathagato; Khuda-Bukhsh, Anisur Rahman

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: Loss of lumbar lordosis causing pain and curvature of the vertebral skeleton to one side is a relatively uncommon disease. To our knowledge, successful treatment of loss of lumbar lordosis with any potentized homeopathic drug diluted above Avogadro’s limit (that is, above a potency of 12C) has not been documented so far. In this communication, we intend to document a relatively rare case of loss of lumbar lordosis with osteophytic lippings, disc desiccation, and protrusion, causing a narrowing of secondary spinal canal and a bilateral neural foramina, leading to vertebral column curvature with acute pain in an adolescent boy. Methods: The patient had undergone treatment with orthodox Western medicines, but did not get any relief from, or cure of, the ailment; finally, surgery was recommended. The patient’s family brought the patient to the Khuda-Bukhsh Homeopathic Benevolent Foundation where a charitable clinic is run every Friday with the active participation of four qualified homeopathic doctors. A holistic method of homeopathic treatment was adopted by taking into consideration all symptoms and selecting the proper remedy by consulting the homeopathic repertory, mainly of Kent. Results: The symptoms were effectively treated with different potencies of a single homeopathic drug, Calcarea phos. X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) supported recovery and a change in the skeletal curvature that was accompanied by removal of pain and other acute symptoms of the ailment. Conclusion: Homeopathy can be a safe, much less expensive, non-invasive, and viable alternative for the treatment of such cases. PMID:28097045

  14. 微创经椎间孔腰椎椎体间融合术与传统后路腰椎椎体间融合术治疗腰椎退变性疾病的疗效及并发症比较%A comparative study on the curative effect and complications of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and tradi-tional posterior lumbar interbody fusion in treatment of lumbar degenerative disease

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    冯建宏; 辛欣

    2016-01-01

    Objective To compare the curative effect and complications of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and traditional posterior lumbar fusion in treatment of patients with lumbar degenerative disease. Methods The clinical data of 158 patients with lum-bar degenerative disease,including 83 cases by using traditional posterior lumbar interbody fusion as control group,and remaining 75 cases by u-sing minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion in observation group were retrospectively analyzed. The situations of therapeutic effect and complications in patients of these two groups had been compared. Results The amount of intraoperative blood loss and postoperative drainage in patients of observation group were better than those of patients in control group( P 0. 05). Conclusion The rates of efficay of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and tradi-tional posterior lumbar interbody fusion in treatment of patients with lumbar degenerative disease are similar,but the former has higher safety with less invasive,less blood loss,less drainage and less complications.%目的:比较微创经椎间孔腰椎椎体间融合术与传统后路腰椎椎体间融合术治疗腰椎退变性疾病的临床效果和并发症情况。方法回顾性分析158例腰椎退变性疾病患者的临床资料,其中83例行传统后路腰椎椎体间融合术设为对照组,余75例行微创经椎间孔腰椎椎体间融合术设为观察组;比较两组患者的治疗效果和并发症情况。结果观察组的术中出血量、术后引流量少于对照组( P 0.05)。结论微创经椎间孔腰椎椎体间融合术与传统后路腰椎椎体间融合术治疗腰椎退变性疾病的疗效类似,但前者手术损伤更小,出血量与引流量更少,神经损伤发生率更低,具有较高安全性。

  15. The Outcomes of Minimally Invasive versus Open Posterior Approach Spinal Fusion in Treatment of Lumbar Spondylolisthesis: The Current Evidence from Prospective Comparative Studies

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    Wu, Ai-Min; Chen, Chun-Hui; Shen, Zhi-Hao; Feng, Zhen-Hua; Weng, Wan-Qing; Li, Shu-Min; Chi, Yong-Long; Yin, Li-Hui

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    Purpose. To investigate the evidence of minimally invasive (MI) versus open (OP) posterior lumbar fusion in treatment of lumbar spondylolisthesis from current prospective literatures. Methods. The electronic literature database of Pubmed, Embase, and Cochrane library was searched at April 2016. The data of operative time, estimated blood loss and length of hospital stay, visual analog scale (VAS) of both lower back pain and leg pain, Oswestry disability index (ODI), SF-36 PCS (physical component scores) and SF-36 MCS (mental component scores), complications, fusion rate, and secondary surgery were extracted and analyzed by STATA 12.0 software. Results. Five nonrandom prospective comparative studies were included in this meta-analysis. The meta-analysis showed that the MI group had a significantly longer operative time than OP group, less blood loss, and shorter hospital stay. No significant difference was found in back pain, leg pain, ODI, SF-36 PCS, SF-36 MCS, complications, fusion rate, and secondary surgery between MI and OP groups. Conclusion. The prospective evidence suggested that MI posterior fusion for spondylolisthesis had less EBL and hospital stay than OP fusion; however it took more operative time. Both MI and OP fusion had similar results in pain and functional outcomes, complication, fusion rate, and secondary surgery. PMID:28154826

  16. The Outcomes of Minimally Invasive versus Open Posterior Approach Spinal Fusion in Treatment of Lumbar Spondylolisthesis: The Current Evidence from Prospective Comparative Studies

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    Ai-Min Wu

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To investigate the evidence of minimally invasive (MI versus open (OP posterior lumbar fusion in treatment of lumbar spondylolisthesis from current prospective literatures. Methods. The electronic literature database of Pubmed, Embase, and Cochrane library was searched at April 2016. The data of operative time, estimated blood loss and length of hospital stay, visual analog scale (VAS of both lower back pain and leg pain, Oswestry disability index (ODI, SF-36 PCS (physical component scores and SF-36 MCS (mental component scores, complications, fusion rate, and secondary surgery were extracted and analyzed by STATA 12.0 software. Results. Five nonrandom prospective comparative studies were included in this meta-analysis. The meta-analysis showed that the MI group had a significantly longer operative time than OP group, less blood loss, and shorter hospital stay. No significant difference was found in back pain, leg pain, ODI, SF-36 PCS, SF-36 MCS, complications, fusion rate, and secondary surgery between MI and OP groups. Conclusion. The prospective evidence suggested that MI posterior fusion for spondylolisthesis had less EBL and hospital stay than OP fusion; however it took more operative time. Both MI and OP fusion had similar results in pain and functional outcomes, complication, fusion rate, and secondary surgery.

  17. A Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Surgery for Infectious Spondylodiscitis of the Thoracic and Upper Lumbar Spine in Immunocompromised Patients

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluates the safety and effectiveness of computed tomography- (CT- assisted endoscopic surgery in the treatment of infectious spondylodiscitis of the thoracic and upper lumbar spine in immunocompromised patients. From October 2006 to March 2014, a total of 41 patients with infectious spondylodiscitis underwent percutaneous endoscopic surgery under local anesthesia, and 13 lesions from 13 patients on the thoracic or upper lumbar spine were selected for evaluation. A CT-guided catheter was placed before percutaneous endoscopic surgery as a guide to avoid injury to visceral organs, major vessels, and the spinal cord. All 13 patients had quick pain relief after endoscopic surgery without complications. The bacterial culture rate was 77%. Inflammatory parameters returned to normal after adequate antibiotic treatment. Postoperative radiographs showed no significant kyphotic deformity when compared with preoperative films. As of the last follow-up visit, no recurrent infections were noted. Traditional transthoracic or diaphragmatic surgery with or without posterior instrumentation is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality, especially in elderly patients, patients with multiple comorbidities, or immunocompromised patients. Percutaneous endoscopic surgery assisted by a CT-guided catheter provides a safe and effective alternative treatment for infectious spondylodiscitis of the thoracic and upper lumbar spine.

  18. [Cortical venous thrombosis after a diagnostic lumbar puncture].

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    Pfeilschifter, W; Neumann-Haefelin, T; Hattingen, E; Singer, O C

    2009-10-01

    We present the case of a 49-year-old female patient who underwent a lumbar puncture in the context of an extended diagnostic work-up after a transient ischemic attack. A few days later the patient who suffered from severe post-lumbar puncture headache, developed a lobar hemorrhage due to a cortical venous thrombosis requiring decompression surgery.

  19. Combined anterior with posterior decompression, bone grafting and reconstruction through posterior approach treat A3.3 lower lumbar fracture%经后路前后联合减压植骨重建治疗下腰椎A3.3型骨折

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    任伟剑; 项良碧; 于海龙; 杨会峰; 孟令志; 刘军

    2015-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the efifcacy of treating A3.3 lower lumbar fracture by combined anterior with posterior decompression, implantation of titanium mesh and ifxation with pedicle screw through posterior approach. Method From January 2005 to December 2011, 58 patients with A3.3 lower lumbar fracture were treated by combined anterior with posterior decompression, implantation of titanium mesh and fixation with pedicle screw internal ifxation. L3 was involved in 22 cases, L4 in 21 cases, L5 in 15 cases. Neurological status at preoperative, postoperative and ifnal follow-up were reviewed by ASIA scoring system, Cobb angle, inferior and posterior vertebral height, the rate of lumbar stenosis and fusion status were reviewed radiologically. Clinical efifcacy were reviewed by Charles standard. Result The average operation time was (2.9±0.8) hours 2.4~3.7 hours, and the average hemorrhage was 550~1250 ml. Cerebrospinal lfuid leakage occurred in 3 patients, no blood vessel and nerve injury, no infection occurred. The average follow up was 26.4 months (18~68 months). All patients had complete bony fusion at final follow-up, no looseness and rupture of interna1 fixation, no obvious loss of Cobb angle, inferior and posterior vertebral height and the rate of lumbar stenosis were observed. Nervous function improved in 1~2 degree in all patients. According to Charles assessment, the excellent and good rate was 89%. Conclusion Treatment of A3.3 lower lumbar fracture by combined anterior with posterior decompression, implantation of titanium mesh and ifxation with pedicle screw through posterior approach has the advantages of thorough spinal cord decompression, prompt postoperative three-column stability of spine and less loss of long term correction. It is an ideal operation method for the treatment of A3.3 lower lumbar fractures.%目的:探讨采用经后路前后联合减压、钛网植骨内固定术治疗下腰椎A3.3型骨折的临床疗效。方法选取本院2005年1

  20. 退行性腰椎滑脱的微创治疗进展%The progress of minimally invasive surgery for degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis

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    左艮乐; 常峰

    2016-01-01

    In this paper,based on the latest domestic and foreign literatures,segmental stability in degenera-tive spondylolisthesis,therapeutic principles,indications and new progress of many minimally invasive surgery of this disease are described in detail.Minimally invasive surgical procedures for degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis is diversity,so we should choose the best treatment for every patient according to the age,basic diseases,the degree of slipped levels,segmental stability of slipped vertebraes,ecnomic factors in patients,combined with operation skills of surgeons.%该研究以查阅最新国内外文献为基础,对退行性腰椎滑脱的节段稳定性、治疗原则、适应证及多种微创手术方式的最近进展进行了详细阐述。退行性腰椎滑脱的微创治疗方式多样,要根据患者的年龄、有无基础疾病、滑脱的程度、有无椎体节段不稳、患者的经济状况等因素综合分析患者的情况,结合医师自身的操作技巧,从而选择适合每一个患者的最佳治疗方案。

  1. MR guided percutaneous laser lumbar disk hernia ablation

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    Hashimoto, Takuo; Terao, Tohru; Ishibashi, Toshihiro; Yuhki, Ichiro; Harada, Junta; Tashima, Michiko [Jikei Univ., Chiba (Japan). Kashiwa Hospital; Abe, Toshiaki

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    An MRI unit for interventional procedure is very useful for minimally invasive surgery of the brain and spine. Percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD) utilizing X-ray fluoroscopy is a relatively new less invasive procedure for treatment of lumbar disc herniation. MR guided laser surgery is applied to patients with disc herniation at our department. Approaching the target of the disc protrusion was easily conducted and vaporizing the disc hernia directly using a laser was possible under MR fluoroscopy. The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the usefulness of MR guided percutaneous laser disc hernia ablation (MR-guided PLDHA). As subjects, 36 patients with lumbar disc herniation, including 23 cases with L4/5 involvement and 13 cases with L5/S1 involvement were studied. Among these, 26 were males and 10 were females, age ranging from 24 to 62. We used an open type MR system (Hitachi, Airis 0.3T), a permanent, open configuration MR system. A YAG laser (LaserScope, USA) was used for PLDHA. An MR compatible 18G titanium needle 15 cm in length was used to puncture the herniated discs. The MR compatible needle was clearly visualized, and used to safely and accurately puncture the target herniated disc in each case with multidimensional guidance. Application of the laser was performed with MR guidance. The energy dose from the laser ranged from 800 to 2100 joules. In most cases, signs and symptoms improved in the patients immediately after disc vaporization. The overall success rate was 88.9%. The complication rate was 2.8%, including one case of discitis after PLDHA. MR fluoroscopy sequence permits near real time imaging and provides an easy approach to the therapeutic target of disc herniation. MR guided PLDHA is a minimally invasive procedure and is very useful for the treatment of lumbar disc protrusion. (author)

  2. MIS-TLIF与PLIF治疗单节段退行性腰椎疾病的疗效比较%Curative effect of minimally invasive surgery transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and posterior lumbar interbody fusion on single segment degenerative lumbar diseases

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    周亮; 刘郑生; 肖嵩华; 毛克亚; 刘建恒; 史腾; 苏祥正

    2013-01-01

    目的:探讨扩张通道管系统(X-tube)辅助微创经椎间孔路腰椎椎体间融合术(minimally invasive surgery transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion,MIS-TLIF)治疗退行性腰椎疾患的疗效。方法回顾性分析2010年10月-2011年9月我科采用X-Tube辅助MIS-TLIF治疗的单节段退行性腰椎病变患者52例,统计术前1 d、术后3 d、5 d、3个月、6个月、1年腰背痛和下肢痛视觉模拟评分(visual analogue scores,VAS),术前1 d、术后3个月、6个月、1年Oswestry功能障碍指数(Oswestry disability index,ODI),术后1年Nakai疗效评级和Bridwell脊柱融合评级,并与同期行传统开放后路腰椎椎体间融合术(posterior lumbar interbody fusion,PLIF)的38例患者进行比较。结果两组一般资料比较,差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05);术后3 d、5 d、3个月,微创组腰背痛VAS评分低于开放组(P<0.05,其中术后3 d、5 d,P<0.01);其余时间两组间腰背痛和下肢痛VAS评分、ODI评分无统计学差异(P>0.05);两组术后1年Nalai疗效评级和Bridwell脊柱融合评级差异无统计学意义(P>0.05)。结论在治疗退行性腰椎疾病时,MIS-TLIF术式可获得与传统开放PLIF术式相当的治疗效果,且术后短期内腰背痛程度较低。%Objective To study the curative effect of X-tube system-assisted minimally invasive surgery transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) on degenerative lumbar diseases.Methods Clinical data about 52 patients with single segment degenerative lumbar disease who underwent MIS-TLIF from October 2010 to September 2011 in our hospital were retrospectively analyzed. Their visual analogue score (VAS) of back and leg pain 3 and 5 days, 3 and 6 months, and 1 year after MIS-TLIF, their Oswestry disability index (ODI) 1 day, 3 and 6 months, and 1 year after MIS-TLIF, their Nakai curative effect and Bridwell spinal fusion classification were compared with those of 38 controls after

  3. Unilateral versus bilateral pedicle screw fixation of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF): a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

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    Wang, Liang; Wang, Yipeng; Li, Zhengyao; Yu, Bin; Li, Ye

    2014-11-06

    A few studies focused on unilateral or bilateral pedicle screw (PS) fixation of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) to treat lumbar degenerative diseases have been published. There is still debate over whether one method is superior to another. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCT) was performed to compare the efficacy of the two methods. We searched the established electronic literature databases of MEDLINE, EMBASE, Web of Science and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials databases for RCTs comparing the unilateral with bilateral pedicle screw fixation of MIS-TLIF. Pooled mean differences (MD) and odds ratios (OR) and with 95% CIs were calculated for the outcomes. Three RCTs were identified and analyzed. The results showed that there is no significant difference between the two methods in terms of postoperative VAS-BP score (WMD = -0.09; 95% CI: -0.69 to 0.51; P =0.78), ODI (WMD, -0.09; 95% CI -5.85 to 5.67; P =0.98), fusion rate (OR = 2.99; 95% CI 0.55 to 16.38; P = 0.21) or complication rate (OR = 1.61, 95% CI: 0.49 to 5.37; P =0.43). Unilateral pedicle screw fixation was associated with less blood loss (WMD = -87.83; 95% CI: -160.70 to -14.96; P =0.02). The existing evidence indicate that no superiority exists between the two fixation methods of MIS-TLIF in terms of functional outcome, fusion rate and complication rate, in spite of that unilateral pedicle screw fixation can achieve less blood loss than bilateral fixation.

  4. Novel pedicle screw and plate system provides superior stability in unilateral fixation for minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion: an in vitro biomechanical study.

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    Full Text Available This study aims to compare the biomechanical properties of the novel pedicle screw and plate system with the traditional rod system in asymmetrical posterior stabilization for minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF. We compared the immediate stabilizing effects of fusion segment and the strain distribution on the vertebral body.Seven fresh calf lumbar spines (L3-L6 were tested. Flexion/extension, lateral bending, and axial rotation were induced by pure moments of ± 5.0 Nm and the range of motion (ROM was recorded. Strain gauges were instrumented at L4 and L5 vertebral body to record the strain distribution under flexion and lateral bending (LB. After intact kinematic analysis, a right sided TLIF was performed at L4-L5. Then each specimen was tested for the following constructs: unilateral pedicle screw and rod (UR; unilateral pedicle screw and plate (UP; UR and transfacet pedicle screw (TFS; UP and TFS; UP and UR.All instrumented constructs significantly reduced ROM in all motion compared with the intact specimen, except the UR construct in axial rotation. Unilateral fixation (UR or UP reduced ROM less compared with the bilateral fixation (UP/UR+TFS, UP+UR. The plate system resulted in more reduction in ROM compared with the rod system, especially in axial rotation. UP construct provided more stability in axial rotation compared with UR construct. The strain distribution on the left and right side of L4 vertebral body was significantly different from UR and UR+TFS construct under flexion motion. The strain distribution on L4 vertebral body was significantly influenced by different fixation constructs.The novel plate could provide sufficient segmental stability in axial rotation. The UR construct exhibits weak stability and asymmetrical strain distribution in fusion segment, while the UP construct is a good alternative choice for unilateral posterior fixation of MI-TLIF.

  5. Dynamic stabilization for L4-5 spondylolisthesis: comparison with minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion with more than 2 years of follow-up.

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    Kuo, Chao-Hung; Chang, Peng-Yuan; Wu, Jau-Ching; Chang, Hsuan-Kan; Fay, Li-Yu; Tu, Tsung-Hsi; Cheng, Henrich; Huang, Wen-Cheng

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVE In the past decade, dynamic stabilization has been an emerging option of surgical treatment for lumbar spondylosis. However, the application of this dynamic construct for mild spondylolisthesis and its clinical outcomes remain uncertain. This study aimed to compare the outcomes of Dynesys dynamic stabilization (DDS) with minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF) for the management of single-level spondylolisthesis at L4-5. METHODS This study retrospectively reviewed 91 consecutive patients with Meyerding Grade I spondylolisthesis at L4-5 who were managed with surgery. Patients were divided into 2 groups: DDS and MI-TLIF. The DDS group was composed of patients who underwent standard laminectomy and the DDS system. The MI-TLIF group was composed of patients who underwent MI-TLIF. Clinical outcomes were evaluated by visual analog scale for back and leg pain, Oswestry Disability Index, and Japanese Orthopaedic Association scores at each time point of evaluation. Evaluations included radiographs and CT scans for every patient for 2 years after surgery. RESULTS A total of 86 patients with L4-5 spondylolisthesis completed the follow-up of more than 2 years and were included in the analysis (follow-up rate of 94.5%). There were 64 patients in the DDS group and 22 patients in the MI-TLIF group, and the overall mean follow-up was 32.7 months. Between the 2 groups, there were no differences in demographic data (e.g., age, sex, and body mass index) or preoperative clinical evaluations (e.g., visual analog scale back and leg pain, Oswestry Disability Index, and Japanese Orthopaedic Association scores). The mean estimated blood loss of the MI-TLIF group was lower, whereas the operation time was longer compared with the DDS group (both p spondylolisthesis at L4-5. DDS might be an alternative to standard arthrodesis in mild lumbar spondylolisthesis. However, unlike fusion, dynamic implants have issues of wearing and loosening in the long term

  6. Decompressive craniotomy or craniectomy?

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    Sep 22, 2012 ... Materials and Methods: Review of all cases of bony decompression done at the Memfys .... ICH=Intracerebral hemorrhage, ASDH=Acute subdural hematoma, EDH=Extradural .... ischaemic strokes: Swiss recommendations.

  7. Retrospective clinical comparison of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion via Quadrant minimally invasive system versus open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion in the treatment of lumbar degenerative disease%经Quadrant通道下微创TLIF与开放TLIF治疗腰椎退变性疾病疗效的对比研究

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    汤优; 张为; 申勇; 丁文元; 刘鹏飞; 刘元彬

    2012-01-01

    [目的]对比分析应用Quadrant通道经椎间孔椎间融合(transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion via Quadrant minimally invasive system)技术与传统开放经椎间孔椎间融合技术治疗单间隙退变性腰椎疾病的临床疗效.[方法]回顾2010年1月~2010年4月间本院45例腰椎单间隙退变性疾病患者,随机分成两组,其中20例接受经Quadrant通道下微创TLIF手术治疗;另外25例接受传统开放TLIF手术治疗.比较两组各项指标,包括手术切口长度、手术时间、出血量、术前与术后肌红蛋白变化率、术后引流量、下地活动时间、术后住院时间、视觉疼痛模拟(VAS)评分、Oswestry功能障碍指数(ODI)评分.[结果]与传统组相比,Quadrant微创组在术中、术后各项指标包括:手术切口长度、出血量、引流量、术前与术后肌红蛋白变化率、下地活动时间、术后住院时间均优于传统组(P<0.05或P<0.01).所有患者均获得2年随访,Quadrant微创组在术后1周,1、3、6个月VAS评分和ODI评分显著优于传统组(P <0.05或P<0.01);在术后1年、2年两组VAS评分和ODI评分差异逐渐减小,无统计学意义(P>0.05).[结论]经Quadrant通道微创TLIF技术手术创伤小、出血少、恢复快,近期疗效肯定,是一种安全、可靠的微创方法.%[Objective] To compare clinical effect of mini - TL1F via Quadrant minimally invasive system versus open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion in the treatment of single level lumbar degenerative disease. [ Methods] From Jan. 2010 to Apr. 2010, a total of 45 patients with single level lumbar degenerative disease were divided into 2 groups randomly. Twenty cases in group 1 underwent mini - TLIF via Quadrant minimally invasive system and others in group 2 underwent open -TLIF. Length of incision, operating time, blood loss, changing rate of myoglobin, volume of drainage after operation, time of ambulation, and hospital stay after surgery et al. and two

  8. 微创经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合术治疗老年腰椎退变性疾病%Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for lumbar degenerative diseases in elder-ly

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    陈云生; 陈荣春; 郭朝阳; 游辉; 钟红发; 张树芳

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: To evaluate outcomes of posterior transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF) under Pipeline expandable access system for lumbar degenerative diseases in elderly. Methods: From Febru-ary 2010 to June 2012, 46 elderly patients with lumbar degenerative diseases who underwent TLIF by using two different approaches were retrospectively analyzed. All patients were classified into observation group(MI-TLIF group) and control group(conventional open TLIF, CO-TLIF) according to the operative methods. There were 24 cases in observation group including 15 males and 9 females, aged from 60 to 79 years (average, 66.3 years), and the course of diseases ranging from 6 to 60 months(average, 18.5 months); 22 cases in con-trol group including 10 males and 12 females, aged from 62 to 75 years(average, 67.0 years), and course of diseases ranging from 8 to 64 months(average, 22.6 months). The blood loss, operation time, amount of blood transfusion and postoperative complications were compared. The clinical outcomes of both groups were evalu-ated by using the VAS(at postoperative 1 week, 3 months and the final follow-up) and ODI(at postoperative 3 months and the final follow-up), respectively. The bony fusion of both groups were assessed by the Suk stan-dard at the final follow-up. Results: There were significant differences on blood loss, amount of blood trans-fusion and postoperative complications (P0.05). All patients were followed up for an average of 18 months(range, 13 to 26 months). The VAS and ODI of both groups at each time point postoperatively experienced improvement compared with the preoperation (P0.05). Conclusions: MI-TLIF has similar surgical outcome with CO-TLIF for lumbar degenerative diseases in elderly, but the former has less blood loss and complications than the latter.%目的:探讨Pipeline可扩张通道辅助下行后路经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合术(minimally invasive transforam-inal lumbar interbody fusion,MI-TLIF)治疗老年腰

  9. Minimally invasive removal of a recurrent lumbar herniated nucleus pulposus by the small incised microendoscopic discectomy interlaminar approach.

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    Koga, S; Sairyo, K; Shibuya, I; Kanamori, Y; Kosugi, T; Matsumoto, H; Kitagawa, Y; Sumita, T; Dezawa, A

    2012-02-01

    In this report, we introduce two cases of recurrent herniated nucleus pulposus (HNP) at L5-S1 that were successfully removed using the small incised microendoscopic discectomy (sMED) technique, proposed by Dezawa and Sairyo in 2011. sMED was performed via the interlaminar approach with a percutaneous endoscope. The patients had previously underdone microendoscopic discectomy for HNP. For the recurrent HNP, the sMED interlaminar approach was selected because the HNP occurred at the level of L5-S1; the percutaneous endoscopic transforaminal approach was not possible for anatomical reasons. To perform sMED via the interlaminar approach, we employed new, specially made devices to enable us to use this technique. In conclusion, sMED is the most minimally invasive approach available for HNP, and its limitations have been gradually eliminated with the introduction specially made devices. In the near future, percutaneous endoscopic surgery could be the gold standard for minimally invasive disc surgery.

  10. 退变性腰椎管狭窄减压术后下肢疼痛的恢复规律及影响因素%Regularity of melosalgia alleviation and analysis of relevant factors of surgical decompression for de-generative lumbar spinal stenosis

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    李信; 黄永辉; 陈奇; 徐小峰; 李大鹏; 孙继芾

    2016-01-01

    目的观察退变性腰椎管狭窄(degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis, DLSS)减压术后下肢疼痛的恢复规律,并探索影响疼痛恢复的相关因素。方法回顾性分析2013年1月至2014年12月于我科行腰椎管减压术治疗DLSS的153例患者。记录不同时间(术前、术后第1~7天、术后第1~12个月)患者的下肢疼痛视觉模拟量表(visual analogue scale, VAS)评分,观察其变化规律。选择年龄、性别、术前腰椎稳定性、术前VAS评分、手术节段、减压术式作为可能的影响因素,以有序Logistic回归分析影响术后下肢疼痛缓解的相关因素。结果下肢疼痛在减压术后即开始缓解,虽然在术后第2天出现疼痛反跳,但通过脱水及营养神经治疗,VAS评分在术后第5天恢复到术后第1天水平。术后3个月后疼痛缓解达到最佳,之后不再有明显变化。年龄、性别、术前VAS评分是影响椎管减压术后下肢疼痛改善的相关因素,而病程、手术节段、减压术式及术前腰椎稳定性与下肢疼痛改善无关。结论手术减压治疗DLSS术后下肢疼痛的恢复遵循一定规律,年轻、男性及术前疼痛程度较轻的患者实施腰椎管减压术后,其下肢疼痛恢复更好。%Objective To observe the regularity of melosalgia alleviation after surgical decompression for degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (DLSS), and find out the relevant factors. Methods Cases of DLSS treated in our hospital from January 2013 to December 2014 were abstracted on inclusive criteria and were sub⁃jected to surgical decompression. VAS scores for pain were recorded at different time points (pre⁃operation, the first 7 days post⁃operation, and the first day of each month in one year post⁃operation), and change in VAS score was observed. Age, gender, pre⁃operative stability of lumbar spine, pre⁃operative VAS score, segments involved, and surgical procedures were selected for possible

  11. Analysis of adjacent segment degeneration with laminectomy above a fused lumbar segment.

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    Gard, Andrew P; Klopper, Hendrik B; Doran, Stephen E; Hellbusch, Leslie C

    2013-11-01

    Although recent data suggests that lumbar fusion with decompression contributes to some marginal acceleration of adjacent segment degeneration (ASD), few studies have evaluated whether it is safe to perform a laminectomy above a fused segment. This study investigates the hypothesis that laminectomy above a fused lumbar segment does not increase the incidence of ASD, and assesses the benefits and risks of performing a laminectomy above a lumbar fusion. A retrospective review of 171 patients who underwent decompression and instrumented fusion of the lumbar spine was performed to analyze the association between ASD and laminectomy above the fused lumbar segment. Patients were divided into two groups - one group with instrumented fusion alone and the other group with instrumented fusion plus laminectomy above the fused segment. Of the 171 patients, 34 underwent additional decompressive laminectomy above the fused segment. There was a significant increase in ASD incidence as well as progression of ASD grade in both groups. There was no significant increase in ASD in patients with decompressive laminectomy above the fused lumbar segment compared to patients with laminectomy limited to the fused segment. This retrospective review of 171 patients who underwent decompression and instrumented fusion with follow-up radiographs demonstrates that laminectomy decompression above a fused segment does not significantly increase radiographic ASD. There is, however, a significant increase in ASD over time, which was observed throughout the entire cohort likely representing a natural progression of lumbar spondylosis above the fusion segment.

  12. Correcção de escoliose lombar degenerativa por técnica minimamente invasiva Corrección de escoliosis lumbar degenerativa por técnica mínimamente invasiva Correction of degenerative lumbar scoliosis by minimally invasive technique

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    Pedro Santos Silva

    2012-12-01

    imágenes mostró empeoramiento de la escoliosis degenerativa L2-L5 asociada a extrusión discal L2-L3 derecha calcificada, fractura bilateral de los pedículos de L3 y espondilolistesis degenerativa grado I L5-S1. Fue sometida a la reintervención quirúrgica utilizando una técnica mínimamente invasiva que consistió en TLIF L2-L3, L3-L4, L4-L5 y L5-S1 y fijación transpedicular L2-S1 bilateral, con corrección de la deformidad en los planos sagital y coronal. El caso clínico que presentamos ilustra el potencial de los enfoques mínimamente invasivos en el tratamiento quirúrgico de las escoliosis degenerativas, debiendo ser una opción siempre presente cuando se consideran los beneficios para el paciente.Surgical treatment of degenerative scoliosis usually consists of more or less extensive instrumentation and fusion and is associated with significant morbidity. Technological developments have opened the way for less invasive techniques which allow obtaining results comparable to traditional techniques, minimizing surgical trauma. In this work, we describe the case of a 63-year-old female patient who underwent posterior lumbar decompression, in January 2009, due to marked degenerative changes. A few months after surgery the patient reported increased back pain and right sciatica. Imaging studies showed exacerbation of L2-L5 degenerative scoliosis associated with L2-L3 right calcified disc extrusion, bilateral fracture of the pedicles of L3 and L5-S1 grade 1 degenerative spondylolisthesis. She underwent another surgery by minimally invasive technique with TLIF of L2-L3, L3-L4, L4-L5 and L5-S1 and bilateral L2-S1 transpedicular fixation with correction of deformity in sagittal and coronal planes. This case report illustrates the potential of minimally invasive approaches in the surgical treatment of degenerative scoliosis and should always be an option considering the benefits to the patient.

  13. Less invasive corrective surgery using oblique lateral interbody fusion (OLIF) including L5-S1 fusion for severe lumbar kyphoscoliosis due to L4 compression fracture in a patient with Parkinson's disease: a case report.

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    Wakita, Hiromasa; Shiga, Yasuhiro; Ohtori, Seiji; Kubota, Go; Inage, Kazuhide; Sainoh, Takeshi; Sato, Jun; Fujimoto, Kazuki; Yamauchi, Kazuyo; Nakamura, Junichi; Takahashi, Kazuhisa; Toyone, Tomoaki; Aoki, Yasuchika; Inoue, Gen; Miyagi, Masayuki; Orita, Sumihisa

    2015-04-07

    Corrective surgery for kyphoscoliosis patients tend to be highly invasive due to osteotomy. The present case introduce less invasive corrective surgery using anterior oblique lateral interbody fusion (OLIF) technique. An 80-year-old Japanese man with a history of Parkinson's disease presented to our hospital because of severe kyphoscoliosis and gait disturbance. Considering the postsurgical complications due to osteotomy, we performed an anterior-posterior combined corrective fusion surgery: OLIF of Lumbar (L) 2-3, L3-4, and L4-5 (Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Memphis, TN, USA) followed by L5-Sacral (S) 1 anterior lumbar fusion via the OLIF approach using an anterior intervertebral cage, and posterior L3-4 and L4-5 facetectomy and posterior fusion using percutaneous pedicle screws from Thoracic (T) 10 to S1 with a T-9 hook system. The surgery was performed in a less invasive manner with no osteotomy, and it improved the sagittal alignments with moderate restoration, which improved the patient's posture and gait disturbance. The patient showed transient muscle weakness of proximal lower extremity contralateral side to the surgical site, which fully recovered by physical rehabilitation 3 months after the surgery. The surgical corrective procedure using the minimally invasive OLIF method including L5-S1 fusion showed a great advantage in treating degenerative kyphoscoliosis in a Parkinson's disease patient in its less-invasive approac.

  14. Abdominal Decompression in Children

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    J. Chiaka Ejike

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS increases the risk for mortality in critically ill children. It occurs in association with a wide variety of medical and surgical diagnoses. Management of ACS involves recognizing the development of intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH by intra-abdominal pressure (IAP monitoring, treating the underlying cause, and preventing progression to ACS by lowering IAP. When ACS is already present, supporting dysfunctional organs and decreasing IAP to prevent new organ involvement become an additional focus of therapy. Medical management strategies to achieve these goals should be employed but when medical management fails, timely abdominal decompression is essential to reduce the risk of mortality. A literature review was performed to understand the role and outcomes of abdominal decompression among children with ACS. Abdominal decompression appears to have a positive effect on patient survival. However, prospective randomized studies are needed to fully understand the indications and impact of these therapies on survival in children.

  15. The accuracy of 3D image navigation with a cutaneously fixed dynamic reference frame in minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion.

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    Cho, Ji Young; Chan, Chee Keong; Lee, Sang-Ho; Lee, Ho-Yeon

    2012-01-01

    In contrast to preoperative image-based 3D navigation systems, which require surgeon-dependent registration, an intraoperative cone-beam computed tomography (cb-CT) image-based 3D navigation system allows automatic registration during the acquisition of 3D images intraoperatively. Thus, the need for spinal exposure for point matching is obviated, making a cb-CT image-based navigation system ideal for use in minimally invasive spinal procedures. Conventionally, the dynamic reference frame (DRF) is mounted to an adjacent spinous process or iliac bone through a separate incision. However, the close proximity of the DRF to the surgical area may result in its interfering with the surgical procedure or causing streak artifacts on the navigation images. Cutaneous placement of the DRF overlying the sacral hiatus is one possible solution to these problems, but such a placement does not provide a solid bony fixation point and is distant from the surgical area, both of which factors may hinder the accuracy of the navigation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of a novel idea for DRF placement in a series of mini-open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) procedures performed with intraoperative cb-CT image-based 3D navigation. From June 2009 to December 2009, 20 patients underwent mini-open TLIF for a total 82 pedicle screws placed in the lumbar spine with cutaneous placement of the DRF overlying the sacral hiatus. The pedicle screws were inserted under navigational guidance using cb-CT data acquired intraoperatively with a Medtronic O-arm. Screw positions were subsequently checked with a final intraoperative cb-CT scan. Nineteen patients underwent single-level fusion (8 at L4-5, 6 at L5-S1, 4 at L3-4, and 1 at L2-3) and one patient underwent two-level fusion (from L3-5). There were 4 (4.9%) pedicle perforations greater than 2 mm out of the 82 pedicle screw insertions in the 20 patients. Two of these breached screws were repositioned and

  16. Whole-Earth Decompression Dynamics

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    Herndon, J M

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    The principles of Whole-Earth Decompression Dynamics are disclosed leading to a new way to interpret whole-Earth dynamics. Whole-Earth Decompression Dynamics incorporates elements of and unifies the two seemingly divergent dominant theories of continential displacement, plate tectonics theory and Earth expansion theory. Whole-Earth decompression is the consequence of Earth formation from within a Jupiter-like protoplanet with subsequent loss of gases and ices and concomitant rebounding. The initial whole-Earth decompression is expected to result in a global system of major primary decompression cracks appearing in the rigid crust which persist as the basalt feeders for the global, mid-oceanic ridge system. As the Earth subsequently decompresses, the area of the Earth's surface increases by the formation of secondary decompression cracks, often located near the continental margins, presently identified as oceanic trenches. These secondary decompression cracks are subsequently in-filled with basalt, extruded fr...

  17. Open versus minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for single segment degenerative lumbar disease:A Meta-analysis%开放与微创经椎间孔椎体间融合治疗单节段退行性腰椎疾病的Meta分析★

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    王银; 陈根元; 胡龙; 萧文耀; 王建民

    2013-01-01

      背景:微创经椎间孔椎体间融合技术采用微小切口经可扩张通道进行,与开放经椎间孔椎体间融合技术相比,微创技术视野小,操作更为精细,对周围组织的损伤较小,有利于恢复。  目的:对微创经椎间孔椎体间融合技术与开放经椎间孔椎体间融合技术治疗单节段退行性腰椎疾病的疗效及临床价值进行评价。  方法:检索2005至2012年间 Cochrane library、PubMed、Embase、SCI、中国生物医学文献数据库、中国知网和万方数据库,手工检索相关文献的参考文献及4种中文主要骨科杂志,纳入以单节段退行性腰椎疾病为研究对象,比较微创与开放经椎间孔椎体间融合技术治疗的随机对照试验,前瞻性队列研究及回顾性队列研究,严格评价纳入研究的方法学质量并提取资料,用 Cochrane 协作网提供的Revman5.1进行 Meta 分析。  结果与结论:经过筛选纳入7个研究(856例患者)。7个研究圴选用手术时间作为观察指标,结果显示微创手术的手术操作时间与开放手术比较差异无显著性意义(P=0.11);6个研究选用术中出血量作为观察指标,结果显示微创手术的术中出血量明显少于开放手术(P OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the surgical outcome and clinicaI value between minimal y invasive and open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion in treatment of single segment degenerative lumbar disease. METHODS: The Cochrane library, PubMed database, Embase database, SCI database, CNKI database, Wanfang database and Chinese Biomedical database were searched for control ed trials, prospective cohort study and retrospective cohort study on the comparison between minimal y invasive and open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion in treatment of degenerative lumbar disease. Furthermore, we also manual y searched the relevant references and four Chinese orthopedic journals. Methodology quality of the

  18. Effect comparison of minimally invasive and open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion in the treatment of degenerative lumbar disease%微创和开放经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合术治疗腰椎退变性疾病的效果比较

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    陈文明; 黄华伟; 黄勇全

    2014-01-01

    Objective To compare the clinical effect of minimally invasive and open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion in the treatment of degenerative lumbar disease. Methods 32 patients with degenerative lumbar disease in our hospital were selected as research subjects and randomly allocated to the research group and the control group,and there were 16 patients in each group.The control group received conventional open surgery,and the research group re-ceived minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion.Treatment effect between the two groups were com-pared. Results The total effective rate in the research group (93.75%) was obviously higher than that in the control group (68.75%) (P<0.05). Conclusion Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion treating degenerative lumbar disease helps not only improve total curative effects,but also reduce postoperative complications,which is worthy of clinical promotion.%目的:比较微创和开放经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合术治疗腰椎退变性疾病的临床效果。方法选取本院收治的32例腰椎退变性疾病患者为研究对象,随机分为研究组与对照组,各16例,对照组给予传统开放手术治疗,研究组给予微创经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合术治疗,比较两组的治疗效果。结果研究组的总有效率为93.75%,明显高于对照组的68.75%(P<0.05)。结论采用微创经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合术治疗腰椎退变性疾病不仅可以提高整体治疗效果,还可以减少术后并发症的出现,值得临床推广。

  19. Treatment of Lumbar Degenerative Disease with Unilateral Decompression,Bone Graft Fusion and Unilateral Pedicle Screw Fixation%经单侧减压融合、单边椎弓根螺钉内固定治疗腰椎退变性疾病

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    宋晋刚; 崔易坤; 苗艳; 尹振宇; 羊刚毅; 黄海锋

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨经单侧行病变节段椎管减压、椎间植骨融合、单边椎弓根螺钉内固定治疗腰椎退变性疾病的临床疗效。方法我院2010年1月~2013年12月对35例腰椎退变性疾病采用经单侧减压、椎间植骨融合、单边椎弓根螺钉固定手术治疗。根据 JOA 评分法评估术后腰椎功能改善情况,采用视觉模拟评分(visual analog scale,VAS)评估术后疼痛缓解情况,腰椎正侧位 X 线片及 CT 扫描了解植骨融合情况。结果随访12~18个月,平均15个月。术前 JOA 评分(8.2±2.1)分,显著低于术后3个月(20.8±3.8)分(q =22.123,P <0.05)和术后12个月(21.7±3.9)分(q =23.703,P <0.05);VAS 评分术前(7.9±2.1)分,显著高于术后3个月(2.4±0.4)分(q =26.107,P <0.05)和12个月(2.3±0.3)分(q =26.582,P <0.05);JOA 评分和 VAS 评分随访期间无显著变化(P >0.05)。1年后椎间植骨融合率100%,未发现椎弓根螺钉松动、断裂、拔钉等异常。结论经单侧减压、椎间植骨融合联合单边椎弓根螺钉内固定治疗腰椎退变性疾病疗效满意,可在合适病例中推广应用。%Objective To investigate the clinical effects of unilateral vertebral canal decompression,intervertebral bone graft fusion,and unilateral pedicle screw fixation in the treatment of lumbar degenerative disease. Methods From January 2010 to December 2013,a total of 35 cases of lumbar degenerative disease were treated with unilateral decompression,intervertebral bone graft fusion,and unilateral pedicle screw fixation.The postoperative spine functions were evaluated with the JOA scores,the postoperative pain relief was evaluated with the VAS scores,and bone graft fusion was reviewed with lumbar X-ray and CT scanning. Results The patients were followed up for 12 -18 months (mean,15 months).The preoperative JOA scores (8.2 ±2

  20. Efficacy of minimal invasive posterior transfominal lumbar interbodv fusion and traditional Open tmnsfomminal lumbar interbodv fu-sion in the treatment of Single leve lumbar degenerative disease%微创通道经椎间孔椎间融合术与传统术式治疗单节段腰椎退行性疾病的疗效比较

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    舒冬平; 李绍刚; 邓汉华; 彭勇骏; 马兵

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨微创通道经椎间孔椎间融合术(MIS - TLIF)治疗单节段腰椎退行性疾病的疗效,并与传统开放经椎间孔椎体间融合术(TLIF)比较。方法收治的52例腰椎退行性疾病患者,随机分为对照组和观察组,每组26例,分别采用 TLIF 治疗和 MIS - TLIF 治疗。比较两组手术情况,术前、术后视觉模拟评分(VAS)、Oswestry 功能障碍指数(ODI)、日本骨科协会评分(JOA)评分变化及椎间植骨融合率。结果观察组手术术中和术后出血量及住院时间显著低于对照组( P <0.05);术后3个月观察组腰疼和腿痛 VAS 评分显著低于治疗前和对照组( P <0.05);术后3个月ODI 较治疗前均显著降低( P <0.05),JOA 评分较治疗前均显著提高( P <0.05),且改善程度显著优于对照组( P<0.05);观察组术后1年椎骨性融合率达到91.43%,显著高于对照组( P <0.05)。结论微创通道经椎间孔椎间融合术治疗单节段腰椎退行性疾病在获得与传统开放经椎间孔椎体间融合术相同的疗效下,植骨融合率更高,出血量、引流量更少,术后恢复更快,综合疗效优于传统方法。%Objective To explore the efficacy of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion(MIS - TLIF)treatment of single segment lumbar degenerative disease and compare with the traditional open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion(TLIF). Methods 52 cases of lumbar degenerative disease were selected and randomly divided into the control groups and the observation groups,26 cases in each group and were treated with TLIF and MIS - TLIF treatment. The operation index and the VAS,ODI,JOA score and interbody fusion rate before and af-ter treatment of two groups were compared. Results The intraoperative and postoperative bleeding and hospitalization time in the observation groups were significantly lower than that of the control groups( P < 0

  1. [Lumbar hernia].

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    Teiblum, Sandra Sofie; Hjørne, Flemming Pii; Bisgaard, Thue

    2010-03-22

    Lumbar hernia is a rare condition. Lumbar hernia should be considered a rare differential diagnosis to unexplained back pain. Symptoms are scarce and diffuse and can vary with the size and content of the hernia. As there is a 25% risk of incarceration, operation is indicated even in asymptomatic hernias. We report a case of lumbar hernia in a woman with a slow growing mass in the lumbar region. She presented with pain and a computed tomography confirmed the diagnosis. She underwent open surgery and fully recovered with recurrence within the first half year.

  2. Results of arthrospine assisted percutaneous technique for lumbar discectomy

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    Mohinder Kaushal

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Avaialable minimal invasive arthro/endoscopic techniques are not compatible with 30 degree arthroscope which orthopedic surgeons uses in knee and shoulder arthroscopy. Minimally invasive “Arthrospine assisted percutaneous technique for lumbar discectomy” is an attempt to allow standard familiar microsurgical discectomy and decompression to be performed using 30° arthroscope used in knee and shoulder arthroscopy with conventional micro discectomy instruments. Materials and Methods: 150 patients suffering from lumbar disc herniations were operated between January 2004 and December 2012 by indiginously designed Arthrospine system and were evaluated retrospectively. In lumbar discectomy group, there were 85 males and 65 females aged between 18 and 72 years (mean, 38.4 years. The delay between onset of symptoms to surgery was between 3 months to 7 years. Levels operated upon included L1-L2 (n = 3, L2-L3 (n = 2, L3-L4 (n = 8, L4-L5 (n = 90, and L5-S1 (n = 47. Ninety patients had radiculopathy on right side and 60 on left side. There were 22 central, 88 paracentral, 12 contained, 3 extraforaminal, and 25 sequestrated herniations. Standard protocol of preoperative blood tests, x-ray LS Spine and pre operative MRI and pre anaesthetic evaluation for anaesthesia was done in all cases. Technique comprised localization of symptomatic level followed by percutaneous dilatation and insertion of a newly devised arthrospine system devise over a dilator through a 15 mm skin and fascial incision. Arthro/endoscopic discectomy was then carried out by 30° arthroscope and conventional disc surgery instruments. Results: Based on modified Macnab's criteria, of 150 patients operated for lumbar discectomy, 136 (90% patients had excellent to good, 12 (8% had fair, and 2 patients (1.3% had poor results. The complications observed were discitis in 3 patients (2%, dural tear in 4 patients (2.6%, and nerve root injury in 2 patients (1.3%. About 90% patients

  3. Wallis棘突间动态稳定系统在腰椎退行性疾病手术治疗中的应用%Early effect of posterior dynamic lumbar stabilization in lumbar degenerative disease

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    李斌; 牛光峰; 孙建民; 蒋振松; 崔新刚; 杨超群; 王乃国

    2012-01-01

    [Objective] To evaluate the early effect of posterior dynamic lumbar stabilization in lumbar degenerative disease. [Methods] The clinical outcomes of 65 patients with lumbar degenerative disease treated by posterior decompression with Wallis posterior dynamic lumbar stabilization implant or combined with posterior lumbar fusion were retrospectively studied, and assessed with visual analogue scale (VAS) and spinal operative standard of Chinese Medical Association. The early effect and complications associated with Wallis posterior dynamic lumbar stabilization were recorded. [ Results ] The operative procedure of Wallis posterior dynamic lumbar stabilization implant was easy and less invasive. The VAS scores were improved significantly at one day preoperatively, two week postoperatively and final follow - up, respectively. The good to excellent result was 92% at the final follow-up. No completion related with Wallis posterior dynamic lumbar stabilization was found. [Conclusion] It is easy and safe to use Wallis posterior dynamic lumbar stabilization in treatment of degenerative lumbar disease, and the early effect is good. The Wallis system provides an alternative for treatment of lumbar degenerative disease.%[目的]探讨椎管减压加Wallis棘突间动态稳定系统治疗腰椎退行性疾病的初期效果.[方法]分析自2008~2011年65例单独采用Wallis棘突间动态稳定系统或结合固定融合方法治疗腰椎退行性疾病的临床疗效和初期随访结果,采用VAS疼痛10分法和中华医学会骨科分会脊柱外科学组腰椎手术疗效标准评估手术疗效,随访有无Wallis动态固定系统相关并发症及疗效.[结果]Wallis棘突间动态稳定系统手术操作简便、创伤小,术前ld、术后2周及末次随访疼痛VAS评分改善明显,影像学检查未发现内置物移位、邻近节段退变加重.[结论]Wallis棘突间动态稳定系统或结合固定融合方法治疗腰椎退行性疾病简便安全,初期

  4. 减压结合动态稳定系统(Dynesys)治疗腰椎退行性病变的临床疗效观察%Efficacy of dynamic stabilization system(Dynesys)in addition to decompression for the treatment of lumbar degenerative disease

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    凌超; 关凯; 刘智

    2013-01-01

      背景:传统的脊柱融合术治疗腰椎退行性病变产生了越来越多的临床问题,在此背景下,多种非融合技术逐渐应用于临床。目的:评价减压结合动态稳定系统(dynamic neutralization system for the spine, Dynesys)治疗腰椎退行性病变的效果。方法:2008年7月至2011年8月应用后路减压术结合单节段Dynesys固定系统治疗腰椎退行性病变患者29例,评价指标包括VAS、ODI评分及椎间高度和椎间活动度。结果:27例患者获得随访,随访时间3~41个月,平均17.8个月。患者术后及末次随访VAS、ODI评分较术前评分均显著降低(P=0.001),术后及末次随访评分的差异无统计学意义(P>0.05)。术后手术节段(L4-L5和L5-S1)椎间隙高度较术前显著增大(P=0.009、P=0.001),术后各时间点差异无统计学意义(P>0.05)。术后椎间活动度较术前显著减小(P=0.001)。上下邻近节段椎间隙高度及椎间活动度术后较术前无明显变化(P>0.05)。结论:Dynesys后路动态稳定系统为腰椎退行性疾病治疗提供了更多的选择,其短期疗效满意,长期效果则需要大样本随机对照研究证实。%Background: More and more clinical affairs happened after traditional spinal fusion for lumbar degenerative diseases. So a variety of non-fusion technology has been applied gradually. Objective: To evaluate the clinical efficacy of the dynamic stabilization system (Dynesys) in the treatment of lumbar degen-erative diseases. Methods: From July 2008 toAugust 2011, 29 patients with lumbar degenerative diseases underwent decompression and dynam-ic stabilization with the Dynesys system. Clinical outcomes were evaluated by using ODI and VAS before and after surgery. Im-agingexaminations for intervertebralspace,surgicalsegmentalmovementandadjacentsegmentchangeswereobtained. Results: A total of 27 patients completed the final follow-up. The mean duration of

  5. Percutaneous laser disc decompression: Clinical experience at SCTIMST and long term follow up

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Low backache (LBA is now increasing in younger population due to misdirected spinal kinetics secondary to improper posture, heavy load lifting and motorbike driving. Hence minimally invasive procedures are increasingly sought after. Among these, PLDD is currently popular and in use. We present our long term follow-up in the use of Nd:YAG laser for PLDD. Aim: To evaluate the efficacy of PLDD in treatment of contained herniation of lumbar discs & long term follow up results. Materials and Methods: Forty patients with contained lumbar disc herniation on MRI and who did not respond to 6 weeks conservative treatment were subjected to PLDD. L4-5 disc was treated in 31, L5-S1 in 12 and L1-2 and L3-4 in one each. Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm was used for the procedure. Total laser energy of 1500-2000 Joules was delivered at the disc space depending upon the size. Results: There was immediate pain relief in 32/40 (80%. According to MacNab criteria good to fair response was seen in 37/40 (92% and 3 patients (7.5% responded poorly to this treatment. On follow up which ranged from 1 to 7 years, 34/40 (85% had pain relief with no need for further treatment. Complications: Significant pain at local puncture site was experienced by 8 (20%, pain during lasing was experienced by one. One patient developed muscular spasm. Conclusion: Percutaneous laser disc decompression is a safe, relatively noninvasive and effective treatment modality for contained, nonsequestered, herniated lumbar disc disease in carefully selected patients.

  6. Co-occurrence of lumbar spondylolysis and lumbar disc herniation with lumbosacral nerve root anomaly

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    Tevfik Yilmaz

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Lumbosacral nerve root anomalies are the leading cause of lumbar surgery failures. Although co-occurrence of lumbar spondylolysis and disc herniation is common, it is very rare to observe that a nerve root anomaly accompanies these lesions. A 49-year-old male patient presented with sudden-onset right leg pain. Examinations revealed L5/S1 lumbar spondylolysis and disc herniation. At preoperative period, he was also diagnosed with lumbosacral root anomaly. Following discectomy and root decompression, stabilization was performed. The complaints of the patient diagnosed with lumbosacral root anomaly at intraoperative period were improved at postoperative period. It should be remembered that in patients with lumbar disc herniation and spondylolysis, lumbar root anomalies may coexist when clinical and neurological picture is severe. Preoperative and perioperative assessments should be made meticulously to prevent neurological injury.

  7. 椎弓根螺钉置入内固定与单纯椎管减压治疗退行性腰椎滑脱的比较%Comparison of pedicle screw fixation and simple vertebral canal decompression in the treatment of lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis

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    刘保华; 王沛; 夏群; 冯世庆; 郑永发; 李冰

    2011-01-01

    of pedicle screw fixation and fusion in treatment of degenerative spondylolisthesis, and to compare with simple vertebral canal compression.METHODS: A total of 38 patients with lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis received treatment at the Department of Orthopaedics, General Hospital of Tianjin Medical University were selected, and 3 patients were lost in follow-up. Of the remaining 35 cases, 21 cases underwent pedicle screw fixation posterolateral fusion and 14 cases underwent simple vertebral canal decompression. Simple vertebral canal compression group treated with the rongeur bite yellow ligament and lamina to relieve nerve root compression, forward vertebral slippage of adjacent vertebral body with posterior inferior formation relative prominence was chiseled with osteotome. According to Wein-stein method pedicle screw into the needle localization, then screw into the pedicle screw and undergo vertebral plate decompression on the basis of compression condition in pedicle screw fixation and fusion group. The clinical effect underwent comprehensive evaluation of oswestry dysfunction index; horizontal displacement and angular displacement were observed at hyperextension and flexion time. Degenerative condition of adjacent segment was evaluated by UCLA system.RESULTS AN D CONCLUSION : A total of 35 patients were followed up for 1 year. The excellent rate in pedicle screw fixation and fusion group was significantly higher than that in simple vertebral canal compression group (P < 0.05). Pedicle screw fixation and fusion has little effect on the stability of lumbar. There was no significant change in adjacent segment before degenerative insertion and 1 year after insertion. Simple vertebral canal compression had a significant effect on the stability of lumbar, and there was no significant change in adjacent segment degeneration before treatment and 1 year after treatment. It is indicated that pedicle screw fixation and fusion has satisfying effects in treatment of

  8. 复发性腰椎间盘突出症的微创手术治疗%The minimally invasive surgery for treating recurrent lumbar disc protrusion

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    吴辉; 胡凌云; 林宏

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨微创手术通道下治疗复发性腰椎间盘突出症的临床效果。方法回顾性分析2009年7月到2013年7月行微创椎间盘切除术治疗的30例腰椎间盘突出症术后复发患者的临床资料,患者复发节段腰34(L34)1例,腰45(L45)10例,腰5骶1(L5S1)19例;统计描述患者的年龄、体质量指数、复发节段、手术时间、术中失血量、术后无痛行走的时间,采用疼痛视觉模拟评分(VAS)评估微创手术治疗的临床疗效。结果手术时间50~100min,平均65min;术中失血量100~180mL,平均145mL;住院时间9~16d,平均13d;平均住院费用7300元;术后无痛行走时间7~15d,平均11d;术后从事非体力劳动的时间27.3d,VAS分值由术前的(7.3±1.3)分降低到术后(3.1±0.9)分,末次随访时为(2.2±0.6)分,术后、末次随访VAS分值与术前比较,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05)。获得随访时间6~33个月,平均16.5个月。疗效优16例,良7例,可5例,差2例,优良率76%。结论微创手术是治疗复发性腰椎间盘突出症的有效方法之一。%Objective To study the clinical effect of the minimally invasive surgery for treating recurrent lumbar disc protrusion . Methods Thirty operative cases of recurrent lumbar disc protrusion treated with the minimally invasive surgery from July 2009 to July 2013 were retrospectively analyzed for statistically describing the age ,body mass index ,recurrent segment ,operating time ,intr-aoperative bleeding volume and postoperative painless walking time .The recurrence segments were 1 case of L34 ,10 cases of L45 and 19 cases of L5 S1 ;the visual analogue scale (VAS) was adopted to evaluate the operative effect .Results The operating time was 65 min on average (50-100)min;mean intraoperative bleeding volume was 145 mL(100-180)mL ;average length of hospital stay was 13 d (9-16)d;average hospitalization

  9. Influences of spinal decompression therapy and general traction therapy on the pain, disability, and straight leg raising of patients with intervertebral disc herniation

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    Choi, Jioun; Lee, Sangyong; Hwangbo, Gak

    2015-01-01

    [Purpose] The purpose of this study was to identify how spinal decompression therapy and general traction therapy influence the pain, disability, and straight leg raise (SLR) ability of patients with intervertebral disc herniation. [Subjects] The subjects were 30 patients with chronic lumbar pain who were divided into a spinal decompression therapy group (SDTG, n=15), and a general traction therapy group (GTTG, n=15). [Methods] The SDTG used a spinal decompression device, and the GTTG used a ...

  10. GUIDELINES FOR TREATMENT OF DEGENERATIVE LUMBAR SPONDYLOLISTHESIS

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    CARMEN YOSSALETH BRICEÑO-GONZÁLEZ

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objectives: To determine the standard of treatment of degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis in its different clinical presentations in UMAE Dr. Victorio de la Fuente Narváez. Methods: Six cases found in the literature were presented to 36 experts in spine surgery, along with treatment options, to thereby obtain a standard prescription for the treatment of degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. Analytical observational cross-sectional descriptive study. Results: It was found that the treatment of choice in cases of degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis with axial symptoms is conservative. The surgical treatment of choice for both stable and unstable patients with radiculopathy and/or claudication is decompression + posterolateral graft + transpedicular instrumentation + discectomy (graft. Conclusions: We managed to define the degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis treatment guidelines in our unit, which can serve as a basis for the development of a clinical practice guide.

  11. Randomised placebo-controlled trial on the effectiveness of nasal salmon calcitonin in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis

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    Tafazal, Suhayl I.; Ng, Leslie; Sell, Philip

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    This is a double blind randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of nasal salmon calcitonin in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis. The trial compared the outcome of salmon calcitonin nasal spray to placebo nasal spray in patients with MRI confirmed lumbar spinal stenosis. Lumbar spinal stenosis is one of the commonest conditions encountered by spine surgeons. It more frequently affects elderly patients and lumbar decompression has been used to treat the condition with varia...

  12. Primary lumbar hernia: A rarely encountered hernia

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    Sharada Sundaramurthy

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: A surgeon may encounter a primary lumbar hernia perhaps once in his lifetime making it an interesting surgical challenge. Sound anatomical knowledge and adequate imaging are indispensable. Inspite of advances in minimally invasive surgery, it cannot be universally applied to patients with lumbar hernia and management requires a more tailored approach.

  13. Contraindications to lumbar puncture as defined by computed cranial tomography.

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    Gower, D. J.; Baker, A. L.; Bell, W O; Ball, M R

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    Papilloedema is not always an adequate predictor of potential complications from lumbar puncture, and many clinicians are using computed tomography (CT) before lumbar puncture in an effort to identify more accurately the "at risk" patient. This paper identifies the following anatomical criteria defined by CT scanning that correlate with unequal pressures between intracranial compartments and predispose a patient to herniation following decompression of the spinal compartment: lateral shift of...

  14. Treatment of modified minimally invasive TLIF and unilateral nail holding system for lumbar degenerative disease%微创改良TLIF联合单侧钉棒系统固定治疗腰椎退行性疾病

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    赖征文; 李敏; 熊卜贵; 李平安; 刘云彬

    2011-01-01

    [目的]探讨采用微创(minimally invasive)改良经腰椎间孔椎体间融合(modified transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion,TLIF)联合单侧钉棒系统治疗腰椎退行性疾病(lumbar vertebrae degenerative disease)的适应证、手术方法、初步疗效及并发症.[方法]2010年1月~2011年3月,随机选取有微创TLIF术适应证腰椎退行性疾病病例30例,其中微创改良TLIF联合单侧钉棒系统固定组(A组)15例,常规开放TLIF组(B组)15例,行各自术式手术并进行对照研究.[结果]术后6个月A组同B组在腰椎椎间植骨融合率、JOA评分等比较差异均显著,具有统计学意义(P(0.05).[结论]微创改良TLIF联合单侧钉棒系统固定治疗腰椎退行性疾病具有软组织损伤小、出血量少、不破坏对侧正常结构、住院时间短、腰椎椎间植骨融合率高、临床症状、体征及括约肌功能改善率高、并发症发生率低的优点,值得在临床推广应用.%[Objective]To discuss the treatment indications, surgical methods, preliminary results and complications of modified minimally invasive TLIF and unilateral nail holding system for lumbar degenerative disease.[Method]Thirty patients with indications of minimally invasive TLIF technique for degenerative illness were randomly selected from January 2010 to March 2011,15 cases were for minimally invasive TLIF improved holding system of the united unilateral screw fixation group ( group A ),15 cases were for conventional open TLIF technique ( group B).Controlled study was made for each surgical procedure.[Result]The lumbar interbody fusion rate, JOA scores between groups A and B showed statistically significant difference ( P < 0.05 ).[Conclusion]Modified minimally invasive TLIF and unilateral nail holding system for lumbar degenerative diseases has advantages of less soft tissue injury,less blood loss, avoiding destroying normal structure of contralateral, shorter hospital stay, higher lumbar interbody fusion rate

  15. Whole-Earth Decompression Dynamics

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    Herndon, J. Marvin

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    The principles of Whole-Earth Decompression Dynamics are disclosed leading to a new way to interpret whole-Earth dynamics. Whole-Earth Decompression Dynamics incorporates elements of and unifies the two seemingly divergent dominant theories of continential displacement, plate tectonics theory and Earth expansion theory. Whole-Earth decompression is the consequence of Earth formation from within a Jupiter-like protoplanet with subsequent loss of gases and ices and concomitant rebounding. The i...

  16. Management of Cerebellar Tonsillar Herniation following Lumbar Puncture in Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension

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    Kenneth R. Hoffman

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    Full Text Available Lumbar puncture is performed routinely for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in idiopathic intracranial hypertension, despite lumbar puncture being classically contraindicated in the setting of raised intracranial pressure. We report the case of a 30-year-old female with known idiopathic intracranial hypertension who had cerebellar tonsillar herniation following therapeutic lumbar puncture. Management followed guidelines regarding treatment of traumatic intracranial hypertension, including rescue decompressive craniectomy. We hypothesize that the changes in brain compliance that are thought to occur in the setting of idiopathic intracranial hypertension are protective against further neuronal injury due to axonal stretch following decompressive craniectomy.

  17. Bilateral decompression via unilateral fenestration with mobile microendoscopic discectomy technique for canal stenosis of the lumbar spine%可动式椎间盘镜下单侧开窗双侧减压治疗腰椎管狭窄症

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    徐宝山; 夏群; 吉宁; 胡永成; 苗军; 张继东; 宁尚龙; 纪经涛; 周静

    2010-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the feasibility and clinical efficacy of bilateral decompression via unilateral fenestration (BDUF) with mobile microendoscopic discectomy (MMED) for canal stenosis of lumbar spine. Methods From June 2007 to June 2009, 32 patients including 14 males and 18 females with an average age of 65 years (rang, 56-74 years) were treated by this technique for canal stenosis of lumbar spine. Patients complained sciatic neuralgia and intermittent claudication which was dominant in one limb. A 2 cm-incision was made beside the spinous process at the side of dominant symptom. The unilateral lamino-tomy as fenestration was performed, followed by discectomy and nerve root decompression. Then the dural theca was protected, and the base of spinous process was removed with Kerrison or high-speed burr, and a working space was made between the dural theca and the contralateral lamina. The contralateral ligament flavum and partial lamina were undercut with Kerrison, until the contralateral nerve root was released. Re-sults The procedure was technically successful in all patients. The mean operative time was 70 minutes (range, 50-100 min), with a mean blood loss of 150 ml (range, 50-350 ml). No significant complication was noted, only dural theca tear was encountered in two patients without obvious side effect. The postoperative CT scan revealed bilateral enlargement of canal with intact contralateral structure. The patients were followed up 12 months (range, 6 to 24 months), and the clinical results were excellent in 21 cases, good in 11 cases according to Macnab scale. Conclusion With MMED technique, BDUF can be performed easily for lumbar canal stenosis with good clinical results; however, severe bilateral osseous stenosis may be not suitable for this technique.%目的 探讨可动式椎间盘镜下单侧开窗双侧减压治疗腰椎管狭窄症的疗效.方法 2007年6月至2009年6月采用可动式椎间盘镜下单侧开窗双侧减压治

  18. Treatment of lumbar disc herniation with radiofrequency thermocoagution combined with ozone undergo minimally invasive%微创介入射频热凝联合臭氧治疗腰椎间盘突出症

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    李明; 陈作文; 黎村盛

    2012-01-01

    Objective To explore the dinical curative effect of radiofrequency thermocoagulation combined with ozone undergo minimally invasive treat lumbar disc herniation. Methods 72 pationts with lumbar disc herniation underment radiofrequency thermocoaguation combined with ozone therapy,and had an analys is that was made with MacNab standard. Results All patients were treated with this method snccessfully, no-one occurred serious complication. Followed up time was from 3 moonth to 6 month after leave hospital.50 patients got an excellent result, 18 good,the satisfactory rate was 94.4%. Conclusion Radiofrequency thermocoagulation combined with ozone undergo minimally invasive is a valuable and safe mebhod for lumbar disc herniation.%目的:探讨腰椎间盘突出症微创介入下射频热凝联合臭氧治疗的疗效.方法:对72例腰椎间盘突出症患者采用微创介入射频热凝联合臭氧治疗,采用MacNab标准分析评价疗效.结果:所有患者顺利完成治疗,无严重并发症发生.出院后随访3~6月,疗效优50例,良18例,总优良率94.4%.结论:微创介入射频热凝联合臭氧治疗腰椎间盘突出症疗效好,安全性高.

  19. PIPELINE微创通道结合VIPER2经皮椎弓根螺钉技术治疗腰椎退变性疾病%Treatment of lumbar degenerative diseases by pIPELINE minimally invasive access in combination with VIPER2 Percu-taneous Pedicle Screw Fixation

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    李宇旭; 陈钢; 龚飞鹏; 龙智生; 肖裕华; 李建飞

    2015-01-01

    Objective To study the curative effects of PIPELINE Expandable Access System in combination with VIPER2 percutaneous pedicle screw fixation on lumbar degenerative diseases. Methods The clinical data of 32 patients with lumbar de-generative diseases were collected,who received PIPELINE minimally invasive access decompression and fusion in combination with VIPER2 percutaneous pedicle screw fixation for treatment from February 2012 to December 2013 ,and follow-up was per-formed for all the patients. Posterior paramedian transmultifidus approach was adopted for all the patients ,spinal decompression and interbody fusion by PIPELINE Expandable Access System in combination with VIPER2 percutaneous pedicle screw fixation were performed. The visual analogue scale (VAS) pain score and Oswestry disability index (ODI) were adopted for the assessment of clinical effects. Complications as well as preoperative and postoperative indicators were observed. Results The average follow-up time of all the patients was 8.3 months. Statistical analysis showed that the VAS score for lumbocrural pain and ODI score at 1 week after operation and the last follow-up visit were remarkably improved compared with those before operation ,and the differ-ence was statistically significant(P<0.05). The improvement rate of the quality of life at the last follow-up visit was 85%. The aver-age duration of operation was 122 minutes. The average length of incision was 5.3cm. The average intraoperative bleeding volume was 0.18L and the average postoperative drainage volume was 0.085L. As for the postoperative complications ,epidermal necrosis of incision was observed in 3 cases,which achieved healing by primary intention after dressing change. Conclusion PIPELINE mini-mally invasive access in combination with VIPER2 percutaneous pedicle screw fixation has advantages such as mild tissue dam-age,less bleeding,fast postoperative recovery and definite short-term effects in the treatment of lumbar degenerative

  20. Outcome Measures of an Intracanal, Endoscopic Transforaminal Decompression Technique: Initial Findings from the MIS Prospective Registry.

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    Sclafani, Joseph A; Raiszadeh, Kamshad; Laich, Dan; Shen, Jian; Bennett, Matthew; Blok, Robert; Liang, Kevin; Kim, Choll W

    2015-01-01

    Minimally invasive transforaminal endoscopic procedures can achieve spinal decompression through either direct or indirect techniques. Subtle variations in trajectory of the surgical corridor can dictate access to the pathologic tissue. Two general strategies exist: the intradiscal "inside-out" technique and the extradiscal, intracanal (IC) technique. The IC technique utilizes a more lateral transforaminal approach than the intradiscal technique, which allows for a more direct decompression of the spinal canal. This study is an assessment of IC patient outcome data obtained through analysis of a previously validated MIS Prospective Registry. Post-hoc analysis was performed on the MIS Prospective Registry database containing 1032 patients. A subgroup of patients treated with the endoscopic IC technique was identified. Patient outcome measures after treatment of symptomatic disk herniation and neuroforaminal stenosis were evaluated. A total of 86 IC patients were analyzed. Overall, there was significant improvement in employment and walking tolerance as soon as 6 weeks post-op as well as significant one year VAS and ODI score improvement. Subanalysis of IC patients with two distinct primary diagnoses was performed. Group IC-1 (disc herniation) showed improvement in ODI and VAS back and leg outcomes at 1 year post-op. Group IC-2 (foraminal stenosis) showed VAS back and leg score improvement at one year post-op but did not demonstrate significant improvement in overall ODI outcome at any time point. The one year re-operation rate was 2% (1/40) for group IC-1 and 28% (5/18) for group IC-2. The initial results of the MIS Registry IC subgroup show a significant clinical improvement when the technique is employed to treat patients with lumbar disc herniation. The treatment of foraminal stenosis can lead to improved short-term clinical outcome but is associated with a high re-operation rate at 1 year post-op.

  1. Adjacent level disease following lumbar spine surgery: A review

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    Nancy E Epstein

    2015-01-01

    Conclusions: The incidence of postoperative ASD (up to 30% is greater following either open or MIS instrumented lumbar fusions (e.g., TLIF/PLIF, while decompressions with noninstrumented fusions led to a much smaller 5.6% risk of ASD. Other findings included: MIS instrumented fusions contributed to higher perioperative complication rates, and dynamic stabilization did not protect against ASD.

  2. 单侧腰椎弓根螺钉及经椎板关节突螺钉固定与双侧固定的比较*☆%Clinical outcomes of unilateral lumbar pedicle screw combined with translamina facet screw fixation versus bilateral fixation

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    薛剑; 靳安民; 孙小平; 王延斌; 谢伟勇

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The translaminar facet joint screw fixation and interbody fusion in the treatment of spinal disorders is a unique fixation method which can be used for degenerative lumbar spinal fusion. OBJECTIVE: To observe the clinical effect of the minimal y invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion combined with unilateral lumbar pedicle screw and translamina facet screw fixation versus conventional posterior lumbar interbody fusion combined with bilateral pedicle screw fixation for the treatment of low back pain. METHODS: Forty-nine patients had lumbar disc herniation with lumbar spinal mild instability were selected from Wu Jing Zong Dui Hospital of Guangdong Province between June 2010 and June 2012. Al the patients were treated with posterior decompression and interbody fusion and internal fixation. Among the 49 patients, 24 patients were treated with minimal y invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion combined with unilateral lumbar pedicle screw and translamina facet screw fixation, and 25 patients were treated with conventional posterior lumbar interbody fusion combined with bilateral pedicle screws fixation. The clinical effects of the two methods above were compared. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: There were no significant differences of vertebral fusion rate, Japanese Orthopedic Association score and visual analogue scale score between two groups (P > 0.05). These two approaches had similar clinical outcomes for single-level lumbar degenerative disorders with no instability. These two methods could effectively improve intervertebral fusion rate, make the smal joint stability, relieve clinical symptoms and make outpatient fol ow-up satisfaction. In addition the incision length, operative time, intraoperative blood loss, postoperative incision drainage of minimal y invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion combined with unilateral lumbar pedicle screw and translamina facet screw fixation technology were significantly reduced (P 0.05)。可见对

  3. 微创经椎间孔椎间融合术治疗35例腰椎退行性疾病的疗效分析%Analysis of the Efficacy of Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion in the Treatment of 35 Cases of Lumbar Degenerative Disease

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    杨林; 廖绪强; 赵新建; 吴锐辉; 曾志超; 李世渊

    2014-01-01

    Objective To explore minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MiTLIF) treatment of 35 cases of lumbar degenerative disease effect. Methods 70 cases of lumbar degenerative disease patients according to surgical indications and patient willingness divided into study group and the control group, 35 cases in each group. Study Groups MiTLIF treatment, the control group received conventional transforaminal lumbar fusion between (TLIF) treatment. Results The study group blood loss, intraoperative blood transfusion, postoperative drainage was significantly lower than the control group (P0.05). Study group VAS scores, time in bed than the control group (P0.05). Conclusion MiTLIF treatment of lumbar degenerative disease a significant effect, can effectively reduce surgical blood loss, intraoperative blood transfusion and postoperative drainage, improve postoperative pain conditions, reducing time in bed, safe, reliable, and suitable for clinical application.%目的:探讨微创经椎间孔椎间融合术(MiTLIF)治疗35例腰椎退行性疾病的疗效。方法将70例腰椎退行性疾病患者根据手术指征及患者意愿分为研究组与对照组,每组各35例。研究组采取MiTLIF治疗,对照组采取常规椎间孔腰椎间融合术(TLIF)治疗。结果研究组手术出血量、术中输血量、术后引流量明显低于对照组(P<0.05);两组手术时间对比,差异无统计学意义(P>0.05)。研究组术后VAS评分、卧床时间均优于对照组(P<0.05);JOA评分差异无统计学意义(P>0.05)。结论 MiTLIF治疗腰椎退行性疾病疗效显著,可以有效降低手术出血量、术中输血量及术后引流量,改善术后疼痛情况,减少卧床时间,安全可靠,适于临床推广与应用。

  4. Evaluation and Treatment of Lumbar Facet Cysts.

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    Boody, Barrett S; Savage, Jason W

    2016-12-01

    Lumbar facet cysts are a rare but increasingly common cause of symptomatic nerve root compression and can lead to radiculopathy, neurogenic claudication, and cauda equina syndrome. The cysts arise from the zygapophyseal joints of the lumbar spine and commonly demonstrate synovial herniation with mucinous degeneration of the facet joint capsule. Lumbar facet cysts are most common at the L4-L5 level and often are associated with spondylosis and degenerative spondylolisthesis. Advanced imaging studies have increased diagnosis of the cysts; however, optimal treatment of the cysts remains controversial. First-line treatment is nonsurgical management consisting of oral NSAIDs, physical therapy, bracing, epidural steroid injections, and/or cyst aspiration. Given the high rate of recurrence and the relatively low satisfaction with nonsurgical management, surgical options, including hemilaminectomy or laminotomy to excise the cyst and decompress the neural elements, are typically performed. Recent studies suggest that segmental fusion of the involved levels may decrease the risks of cyst recurrence and radiculopathy.

  5. Lumbar lordosis.

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    Been, Ella; Kalichman, Leonid

    2014-01-01

    Lumbar lordosis is a key postural component that has interested both clinicians and researchers for many years. Despite its wide use in assessing postural abnormalities, there remain many unanswered questions regarding lumbar lordosis measurements. Therefore, in this article we reviewed different factors associated with the lordosis angle based on existing literature and determined normal values of lordosis. We reviewed more than 120 articles that measure and describe the different factors associated with the lumbar lordosis angle. Because of a variety of factors influencing the evaluation of lumbar lordosis such as how to position the patient and the number of vertebrae included in the calculation, we recommend establishing a uniform method of evaluating the lordosis angle. Based on our review, it seems that the optimal position for radiologic measurement of lordosis is standing with arms supported while shoulders are flexed at a 30° angle. There is evidence that many factors, such as age, gender, body mass index, ethnicity, and sport, may affect the lordosis angle, making it difficult to determine uniform normal values. Normal lordosis should be determined based on the specific characteristics of each individual; we therefore presented normal lordosis values for different groups/populations. There is also evidence that the lumbar lordosis angle is positively and significantly associated with spondylolysis and isthmic spondylolisthesis. However, no association has been found with other spinal degenerative features. Inconclusive evidence exists for association between lordosis and low back pain. Additional studies are needed to evaluate these associations. The optimal lordotic range remains unknown and may be related to a variety of individual factors such as weight, activity, muscular strength, and flexibility of the spine and lower extremities. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Recent therapeutic effects of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for single segmental lumbar ;degenerative disease%微创小切口经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合治疗单节段腰椎退变疾病的近期疗效

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    岳晨; 李国庆; 张群; 辛欣

    2014-01-01

    Objective To observe the recent therapeutic effects of small incision minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion ( TLIF) on single segmental lumbar degenerative disease .Methods 120 patients with single segmen-tal lumbar degenerative disease were randomly divided into 2 groups, 60 cases in the control group took traditional open trans-foraminal lumbar inter-body fusion treatment , observation group of 60 cases received minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar inter-body fusion treatment , compared 2 groups of patients ’ JOA score and evaluated the life quality of patients with lumbar spine.Results Observation group patients ’ operation time is longer than that of the control group [(149.3 ±23.2) min vs. (128.4 ±24.7) min, P <0.05],but its operation blood loss , length of incision and the average days of hospitalization were significantly lower than that of control group ( P <0.05);2 months after treatment, the observation group patients quality of life score was significantly higher than that in control group [(75.4 ±8.2)points vs.(59.5 ±7.7)points, P <0.05],JOA scores of the 2 groups were all improved ( P <0.05),and the lumbar JOA in observation group after treatment was also higher than that of the control group [(26.6 ±2.8)points vs.(18.5 ±2.4)points, P <0.05].Conclusion Effect of minimally in-vasive small incision transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for the treatment of single segment lumbar degenerative diseases is good, worthy of clinical choice .%目的:观察微创小切口经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合( TLIF)治疗单节段腰椎退变疾病的近期疗效。方法将收治并确诊的120例单节段腰椎退变疾病患者随机分为2组,对照组60例采取传统开放椎间孔腰椎椎间融合治疗,观察组60例采取微创小切口经椎间孔腰椎椎间融合治疗,比较2组患者在手术住院方面的差异,同时评价患者生活质量、腰椎JOA评分。结果观察组患者

  7. Physiotherapy after subacromial decompression surgery

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    Christiansen, David Høyrup; Falla, Deborah; Frost, Poul

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    This paper describes the development and details of a standardised physiotherapy exercise intervention designed to address pain and disability in patients with difficulty returning to usual activities after arthroscopic decompression surgery for subacromial impingement syndrome. To develop...

  8. Evolution of Oswestry 2.0 questionnaire and the physical component (PCS) of SF-36 during the first postoperative year of lumbar spine fusion in degenerative diseases

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    Alexandre Henrique Silveira Bechara; Guilherme Rebechi Zuiani; Marcelo Ítalo Risso Neto; Paulo Tadeu Maia Cavali; Ivan Guidolin Veiga; Wagner Pasqualini; Elcio Landim

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    OBJECTIVE: Assess the clinical improvement of patients undergoing decompression and posterolateral lumbar arthrodesis for degenerative diseases, evaluating the evolution of the scores of Oswestry 2.0 questionnaire and the physical component (PCS) of the SF-36 scale. METHODS: Prospective study of 19 patients with degenerative disc disease (disc herniation, lumbar stenosis or degenerative spondylolisthesis) that underwent decompression and posterolateral arthrodesis. All patients included in ou...

  9. Improved outcomes with direct percutaneous CT guided lumbar synovial cyst treatment: advanced approaches and techniques.

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    Ortiz, A Orlando; Tekchandani, Leena

    2014-12-01

    surgical decompression without symptomatic improvement. No treatment related complications were observed in this group of patients. Direct tandem and/or coaxial percutaneous CT guided techniques for rupture and treatment of symptomatic lumbar synovial cysts reduces recurrence rates and therefore helps avoid more invasive open surgical procedures in this group of patients. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

  10. Lumbar spine CT scan

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    CAT scan - lumbar spine; Computed axial tomography scan - lumbar spine; Computed tomography scan - lumbar spine; CT - lower back ... your breath for short periods of time. The scan should take only 10 to 15 minutes.

  11. 腰椎间盘突出症经皮激光椎间盘减压术后患者血浆β-内啡肽和P物质的水平%Efficacy of percutaneous laser disc decompression and its correlation with plasma levels of β-endorphine and substance P in patients with protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc

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    潘化平; 冯慧; 王健; 丁玉惠

    2010-01-01

    Objective To observe efficacy of percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD) and its correlation with plasma levels of β-endorphine and substance P in patients suffering from protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc (PLIVD). Methods Seventy-eight patients with PLIVD were randomly divided into two groups, one group (40 patients) treated with PLDD and the other (38 patients) treated with lumbar spine traction and physical therapy as control. Their peripheral plasma levels of β-endorphine and substance P were measured before the procedure and one day, one week and four weeks after it, respectively.Meanwhile, the visual analogue scale (VAS)was applied to assess their pain index. Results Plasma level of substance P was (186±66) ng/L and (419±82) ng/L, and (127 +83) ng/L and (322 +47) ng/L,in treatment and control groups, one day and one week after the procedure, respectively, and that of β-endorphine was (313 ±27) mg/L and (187 ±56) mg/L, and (364 + 18) mg/L and (211 +39) mg/L,one day and one week after it, respectively ( all P < 0. 01 ), with its clinical efficacy of 90% (36/40)and 66% (25/38) one week after it, respectively ( P < 0. 01 ) . Four weeks after it, plasma level of substance P was (64 ±50) ng/L in treatment group as compare to that in controls (93 ±75) ng/L, and that of β-endorphine was (410 ± 21 ) mg/L and (317 ± 42 ) mg/L, respectively, with efficacy of 95% (38/40) and 84% (32/38), respectively. Conclusions Plasma level of substance P can be reduced and that of β-endorphine can be increased by PLDD in patients with PLIVD, thus relieving their pain.Measurements of substance P and β-endorphine can be used as objective indicators to evaluate clinical efficacy of PLDD.%目的 了解经皮激光椎间盘减压术对腰椎间盘突出症患者血浆中β-内啡肽和P物质的影响.方法 对78例腰椎间盘突出症患者分别采用经皮激光椎间盘减压术(40例,为观察组)、物理因子+腰椎牵引治疗(38例,为对

  12. 微创食管癌术后不留置胃肠减压管的安全性和可行性研究%Study on safety and feasibility of minimally invasive esophagectomy without the use of postoperative nasogastric tube decompression

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    潘华光; 于在诚; 张仁泉; 康宁宁; 车云; 葛威; 张伟; 胡旭

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the safety and feasibility of forgoing postoperative nasogastric tube decompression in minimally invasive esophagectomy for patients with esophagus carcinoma. Methods Clinical data of 90 eligible patients who underwent elective minimally invasive esophagectomy in our department from January 2012 to May 2013 by the same surgical team were retrospectively analyzed. Among them, 45 patients did not receive the use of postoperative nasogastric tube decompression and 45 patients received nasogastric tube decompression after operation. The observation parameters included the time to first flatus, the time to intake of fluid diet, the duration of postoperative hospitalization, pharyngalgia, vomiting, and postoperative complications, as well as the need for placing or replacing the nasogastric tube. Results The incidence of pharyngalgia was significantly higher in nasogastric tube group (100% vs 44.4%, P<0.001). The time to intake of fluid diet[median 2 d(2-4 d) vs. median 9 d(7-20 d), P<0.001] and the time to first flatus[median 3 d (3-8 d) vs. median 6 d (3-9 d), P<0.001] were all significantly shorter in non-nasogastric tube group as compared to nasogastric tube group. Compared with the nasogastric tube group , the non-nasogastric tube group had shorter postoperative hospital stay(P<0.001). There were no significant differences in the incidence of postoperative complications and vomiting between two groups. Conclusion Minimally invasive esophagectomy without the use of postoperative nasogastric tube decompression is safe and feasible, which can improve recovery and shorten postoperative hospital stay.%目的:探讨微创食管癌根治术后不常规留置胃肠减压管的安全性和可行性。方法回顾性分析安徽医科大学第一附属医院普胸外科同一治疗组医师自2012年1月至2013年5月期间完成的90例胸腹腔镜联合食管癌根治术患者的临床资料,其中留置和未留置胃管患者各45例。对比

  13. A Comparative Study of Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion and Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion in Degenerative Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

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    Hughes, Alexander P.; Sama, Andrew A.; Girardi, Federico P.; Lebl, Darren R.; Cammisa, Frank P.

    2015-01-01

    Study Design Level 4 retrospective review. Purpose To compare the radiographic and clinical outcomes between posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) and lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) with posterior segmental spinal instrumentation (SSI) for degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. Overview of Literature Both PLIF and LLIF have been performed for degenerative spondylolisthesis with good results, but no study has directly compared these two techniques so far. Methods The electronic medical and radiographic records of 78 matched patients were analyzed. In one group, 39 patients underwent PLIF with SSI at 41 levels (L3-4/L4-5), while in the other group, 39 patients underwent the LLIF procedure at 48 levels (L3-4/L4-5). Radiological outcomes such as restoration of disc height and neuroforaminal height, segmental lumbar lordosis, total lumbar lordosis, incidence of endplate fracture, and subsidence were measured. Perioperative parameters were also recorded in each group. Clinical outcome in both groups was assessed by the short form-12, Oswestry disability index and visual analogue scale scores. The average follow-up period was 16.1 months in the LLIF group and 21 months in the PLIF group. Results The restoration of disc height, foraminal height, and segmental lumbar lordosis was significantly better in the LLIF group (p<0.001). The duration of the operation was similar in both groups, but the average blood loss was significantly lower in the LLIF group (p<0.001). However, clinical outcome scores were similar in both groups. Conclusions Safe, effective interbody fusion can be achieved at multiple levels with neuromonitoring by the lateral approach. LLIF is a viable treatment option in patients with new onset symptoms due to degenerative spondylolisthesis who have had previous lumbar spine surgery, and it results in improved sagittal alignment and indirect foraminal decompression. PMID:26435782

  14. 硬膜外联合腰麻在泌尿科微创手术中的应用效果观察%The application effect of Epidural combined with lumbar anaesthetizing in urological minimally invasive surgery

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    袁春梅; 罗明; 谢伦雄; 罗小玲

    2015-01-01

    目的:为了探讨硬膜外联合腰麻在泌尿科微创手术中的应用效果。方法选取156例泌尿科微创手术患者为研究对象,随机对患者进行分组,分成硬-腰联合麻醉组和连续硬膜外麻醉组。对两组患者的麻醉起效时间、用药总量以及临床整体麻醉效果进行观察和比较。结果(1)硬-腰联合麻醉组患者的麻醉起效时间短于连续硬膜外麻醉组,麻醉药物用量少于连续硬膜外麻醉组;(2)硬-腰联合麻醉组患者的麻醉效果优秀比例显著高于连续硬膜外麻醉组。结论临床针对泌尿科实施微创手术的过程中,采用硬膜外联合腰麻的临床麻醉效果显著,是临床应用于泌尿科微创手术中的理想麻醉方式之一。%Objective To investigate the application of epidural combined with lumbar anaesthetizing in urological minimally invasive surgery.Methods Chose 156 cases of urological minimally invasive surgery patients as the research object, and randomly divided into hard -waist joint anesthesia group and continuous epidural anesthesia group.Total anesthesia working time in patients, medication and clinical overall anaesthesia effect were observed and compared.Results Hard -waist joint anesthesia group present short effective time than continuous epidural anesthesia group, however, the dosage of anesthetic was less than the continuous epidural anesthesia group.Good proportion of anesthesia effect in Hard -waist joint anesthesia group was significantly higher than continuous epidural anesthesia group.Conclusions Epidural combined with lumbar anaesthetizing is an ideal anesthesia method in clinical minimally invasive surgery.

  15. Evaluation of Interspinous Spacer Outcomes in Degenerative Lumbar Canal Stenosis: Clinical Study.

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    Abdel Ghany, Walid; Amer, Aboubakr; Saeed, Khaled; Emara, Essam; Hamad, Ahmad; Nosseir, Mohamed; Dawood, Osama; Nada, Mohamed A

    2016-11-01

    Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common diagnosis in elderly individuals, and the rates of surgery have risen all over the world. The optimal approach to provide satisfactory decompression and minimize complications for lumbar spinal stenosis remains controversial. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the surgical outcome of interspinous spacers versus decompressive laminectomy in the management of degenerative lumbar canal stenosis. Our prospective, comparative study included 2 groups of patients who were operated on in Ain Shams University Hospitals between January 2010 and December 2014. In the first group, 28 patients underwent decompression and additional implantation of an interspinous spacer (ISP). In the second group, 25 patients underwent decompressive laminectomy (DL). Our statistical results revealed no significant difference in outcome between the 2 groups regarding visual analog scale score for leg pain and Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Index. However, the improvement (visual analog scale score) for back pain was better in the DL group. Complication and reoperation rates were higher in the ISP group. Although decompression and additional implantation of an ISP are safe procedures, they do not show better improvement in clinical outcome as compared with decompressive laminectomy. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Minimally Invasive Spine Metastatic Tumor Resection and Stabilization: New Technology Yield Improved Outcome.

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    Harel, Ran; Doron, Omer; Knoller, Nachshon

    2015-01-01

    Spinal metastases compressing the spinal cord are a medical emergency and should be operated on if possible; however, patients' medical condition is often poor and surgical complications are common. Minimizing surgical extant, operative time, and blood loss can potentially reduce postoperative complications. This is a retrospective study describing the patients operated on in our department utilizing a minimally invasive surgery (MIS) approach to decompress and instrument the spine from November 2013 to November 2014. Five patients were operated on for thoracic or lumbar metastases. In all cases a unilateral decompression with expandable tubular retractor was followed by instrumentation of one level above and below the index level and additional screw at the index level contralateral to the decompression side. Cannulated fenestrated screws were used (Longitude FNS) and cement was injected to increase pullout resistance. Mean operative time was 134 minutes and estimated blood loss was minimal in all cases. Improvement was noticeable in neurological status, function, and pain scores. No complications were observed. Technological improvements in spinal instruments facilitate shorter and safer surgeries in oncologic patient population and thus reduce the complication rate. These technologies improve patients' quality of life and enable the treatment of patients with comorbidities.

  17. Minimally Invasive Spine Metastatic Tumor Resection and Stabilization: New Technology Yield Improved Outcome

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    Ran Harel

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Spinal metastases compressing the spinal cord are a medical emergency and should be operated on if possible; however, patients’ medical condition is often poor and surgical complications are common. Minimizing surgical extant, operative time, and blood loss can potentially reduce postoperative complications. This is a retrospective study describing the patients operated on in our department utilizing a minimally invasive surgery (MIS approach to decompress and instrument the spine from November 2013 to November 2014. Five patients were operated on for thoracic or lumbar metastases. In all cases a unilateral decompression with expandable tubular retractor was followed by instrumentation of one level above and below the index level and additional screw at the index level contralateral to the decompression side. Cannulated fenestrated screws were used (Longitude FNS and cement was injected to increase pullout resistance. Mean operative time was 134 minutes and estimated blood loss was minimal in all cases. Improvement was noticeable in neurological status, function, and pain scores. No complications were observed. Technological improvements in spinal instruments facilitate shorter and safer surgeries in oncologic patient population and thus reduce the complication rate. These technologies improve patients’ quality of life and enable the treatment of patients with comorbidities.

  18. Metastatic tumor of thoracic and lumbar spine: prospective study comparing the surgery and radiotherapy vs external immobilization with radiotherapy; Metastases do segmento toracico e lombar da coluna vertebral: estudo prospectivo comparativo entre o tratamento cirurgico e radioterapico com a imobilizacao externa e radioterapia

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    Falavigna, Asdrubal; Ioppi, Ana Elisa Empinotti; Grasselli, Juliana [Universidade de Caxias do Sul, RS (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina]. E-mail: asdrubal@doctor.com; Righesso Neto, Orlando [Faculdade Federal de Ciencias Medicas da Santa Casa de Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2007-09-15

    Bone metastases at the thoracic and lumbar segment of the spine are usually presented with painful sensation and medullar compression. The treatment is based on the clinical and neurological conditions of the patient and the degree of tumor invasion. In the present study, 32 patients with spinal metastasis of thoracic and lumbar segment were prospectively analyzed. These patients were treated by decompression and internal stabilization followed by radiotherapy or irradiation with external immobilization. The election of the groups was in accordance with the tumor radiotherapy sensitivity, clinical conditions, spinal stability, medullar or nerve compression and patient's decision. The Frankel scale and pain visual test were applied at the moment of diagnosis and after 1 and 6 months. The surgical group had better results with preserving the ambulation longer and significant reduction of pain.(author)

  19. Minimally invasive treatment and nursing for patients with Lumbar disc herniation%腰椎间盘突出患者中微创介入治疗及护理应用

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    陈杰

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨应用射频控温热凝及医用臭氧治疗腰椎间盘突出患者的应用与护理.方法 采用臭氧及射频热凝技术使腰椎间盘突出致病部分的髓核变性、凝固、收缩,解除神经根压迫,达到治疗效果.结果 本科用此微创技术治疗的患者中,总有效率达93%.结论 应用射频控温热凝及医用臭氧治疗腰椎间盘突出是一种创伤小、出血少、病程短、安全可靠的方法,相较于开放性手术,能最大限度地保持脊柱后部结构的稳定性,避免神经损伤.%Objective To explore the application and nursing methods of RF temperature control thermocoagulation and medical ozone in treating patients with Lumbar disc herniation. Methods RF temperature control thermocoagulation and medical ozone were used to make the nucleus pulpous degeneration, solidification and shrinkage. The nerve root compression was removed and the symptom was eased. Results The total effective rate was 93% in the patients with minimally invasive technology. Conclusion Combined therapy of RF temperature control thermocoagulation and medical ozone is a safe and reliable method for treating patients with Lumbar disc herniation, and its advantages are small trauma, less bleeding and short therapeutic duration. Compared with open surgery, it can maintain the stability in posterior structure of spinal cord and avoid neurologic damage.

  20. Tethered spinal cord syndrome with lumbar segmental stenosis treated with XLIF

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    Ettore Carpineta, MD

    2017-09-01

    Conclusion: Literature review of adults TCS associated with lumbar spinal degenerative disease as lumbar canal stenosis or disc herniation, is reported. Moderate entity of traction of spinal cord may remain asymptomatic in childhood and may result in delayed neurological deficits in adult life. The stretching of conus medullaris and spinal nerves of cauda equina, reduces regional blood flow and causes neural death and fibrous tissue replacement. Sudden or progressive onset of paraparesis with spastic gait, bladder dysfunction and acute low back pain in patient with history of spinal dysraphism must be considered as possible lumbar spinal cord compression caused by low lying cord related to TCS. Surgical decompression should be performed as early as possible to ensure neurological recovery. XLIF approach seems to be safe and fast and represent an excellent surgical option to obtain spinal cord indirect decompression and lumbar interbody fusion.

  1. Acute cauda equina syndrome secondary to a lumbar synovial cyst.

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    Muir, Jeffery J; Pingree, Matthew J; Moeschler, Susan M

    2012-01-01

    Cauda equina syndrome is a well described state of neurologic compromise due to lumbosacral root compression. In most cases, it is due to a herniated disc, tumor, infection, or hematoma. We report a case of rapid lumbar synovial cyst expansion leading to acute cauda equina syndrome and compare it to similar cases in the literature. The patient is a 49-year-old woman with a history of chronic low back pain who developed cauda equina syndrome. Serial lumbar magnetic resonance imaging studies demonstrated a significant increase in the size of a lumbar synovial cyst over a 2 week interval. After an unsuccessful attempt to relieve her acute symptoms with computed tomography-guided cyst aspiration, an L4-5 posterior spinal decompression with excision of the synovial cyst was performed. Postoperatively the patient's perineal numbness, bladder incontinence, and associated pain complaints resolved. The only residual symptom at one month follow-up was continued numbness in the right lower limb in an L5 distribution. This report adds to 6 other well described similar cases found in the literature by illustrating several important points. First, a lumbar synovial cyst is a rare but possible cause of acute cauda equina syndrome. Second, magnetic resonance imaging is the test of choice to diagnose and characterize lumbar synovial cysts; serial imaging can detect fluctuations in cyst size. Third, percutaneous treatment of lumbar synovial cysts is variable in efficacy and proved to be unsuccessful in our patient. Finally, surgical management has shown high success rates for symptomatic cysts. Specifically, in the setting of acute cauda equina syndrome secondary to a lumbar synovial cyst, urgent surgical decompression has led to resolution of neurologic symptoms in most reported cases. A lumbar synovial cyst is an uncommon cause of acute cauda equina syndrome. Prompt diagnosis and treatment may lead to reduced morbidity associated with this condition.

  2. Limbus lumbar and sacral vertebral fractures.

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    Mendez, Jorge S; Huete, Isidro L; Tagle, Patricio M

    2002-03-01

    We evaluated the fractures of the lumbar and sacral vertebral limbus by disc impingement at the peripheral ring apophysis in 23 adults associated with trauma in 16 of them. Lumbalgia, radicular pain and narrow canal symptoms are the presenting forms of this underdiagnosed pathology. CT is the best method of examination, while plain roentgenograms and MR are usually negative. Accurate diagnosis and surgical technique with larger exposure are needed to resect the fractured fragments and protruded disc material for decompressing the roots and the dural sac. Our results were very good on the majority of cases.

  3. Abnormalities of the lumbar spine in the coronal plane on plain abdominal radiographs

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    Kilshaw, Michael; Baker, Richard P; Gardner, Richard; Charosky, Sebastian; Harding, Ian

    2010-01-01

    The main objective of this study is to determine the prevalence of coronal abnormalities of the lumbar spine in a large population of patients with respect to their age and sex. Lumbar degenerative disease is associated with degenerative scoliosis. Degenerative scoliosis and lateral listhesis are important features to identify before decompressive surgery as deformity may not be seen on magnetic resonance imaging scans. Scoliosis and lateral listhesis may be important in the development of sy...

  4. Clinical Outcomes of Percutaneous Transforaminal Endoscopic Discectomy Versus Fenestration Discectomy in Patients with Lumbar Disc Herniation

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    Zheng-mei DING

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Fenestration discectomy (FD is a common treatment method for lumber disc herniation (LDH, with good effects obtained. Nevertheless, it also causes many complications, such as lumbar instability, lumbago and back pain. Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PTED is a new minimally invasive treatment available for LDH with conservative therapy failure. At present, this technique has been carried out in China. The purpose of this study was to conduct a randomized prospective trial to compare the surgical outcomes of PTED and FD, explore the clinical application value of PTED, and discuss the operative manipulated skills of PTED.Methods: Totally 100 patients with LDH were enrolled from March 2014 to December 2015 and randomly divided into PTED group and FD group, 50 cases in each group. FD group received FD including epidural anesthesia, unilateral fenestration decompression, removal of nucleus pulposus, and nerve root decompression and release, while FTED group received PTED including local anesthesia, endoscopic removal of herniated nucleus pulposus and nerve root decompression and release. Both groups were followed up postoperatively. The duration of operation, incision length, postoperative bed-rest and hospital stay were compared between two groups, and the visual analogue scale (VAS, Oswestry disability index (ODI, and therapeutic effects at the final follow-up time were recorded and compared between 2 groups.Results: All patients completed the operation successfully. The surgical duration was similar between two groups (P>0.05. PTED group showed a less incision length and shorter postoperative bed-rest time and hospital stay than FD group (P<0.01. The VAS and ODI scores showed a significant decrease in both groups postoperatively when compared with operation before (P<0.05, but with no significant difference between two groups (P>0.05. Moreover, the excellent and good rate was higher in PTED group thanin FD group, with no

  5. Decompressive craniectomy with lattice duraplasty.

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    Mitchell, P; Tseng, M; Mendelow, A D

    2004-02-01

    A method of opening dura for decompressive craniectomies is described. Numerous cuts intersecting in a lattice pattern allow the dura to expand in a gradual and controlled manner minimising the chances of cortical laceration or venous kinking on the craniectomy edge.

  6. Microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia.

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    Sade, Burak; Lee, Joung H

    2014-10-01

    The microvascular decompression procedure has proven to be a safe and effective option in the surgical management of neurovascular compression syndromes in general and trigeminal neuralgia in particular. This article aims to serve as an overview of the decision-making process, application of the surgical technique, and clinical outcome pertaining to this procedure.

  7. Instrumented Minimally Invasive spinal-Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MIS-TLIF); Minimum 5-years Follow-up With Clinical and Radiologic Outcomes.

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    Kim, Jin-Sung; Jung, Byungjoo; Lee, Sang-Ho

    2012-09-28

    STUDY DESIGN:: A retrospective study. OBJECTIVE:: To determine the clinical and radiological outcomes of the long-term results of instrumented MIS-TLIF in unstable, single level, low-grade, isthmic spondylolisthesis (IS) or degenerative spondylosis (DS) including degenerative spondylolisthesis, foraminal stenosis with central stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and recurrent disc herniation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA:: MIS-TLIF is a common surgical procedure to treat lumbar spondylolisthesis. However, there are no studies that have documented the long-term results of MIS-TLIF. METHODS:: Forty-four patients who had undergone instrumented MIS-TLIF between July 2003 and January 2005, were retrospectively reviewed. The Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), patient satisfaction rate (PSR), and the patient's return-to-work status were used to assess clinical and functional outcomes. Radiological follow-up were carried out in patients to check for adjacent segmental degeneration (ASD). The plain radiographs, CT and MRI were used in all patients in last follow-up period. RESULTS:: The mean VAS scores for back and leg pain decreased from 5.8 and 7 to 3.5 and 3.7 respectively in the DS group (n=19) and from 6.8 and 6.9 to 1.8 and 2.0 respectively in the IS group (n=25) (PMIS-TLIF in patients with unstable single-level spine are favorable.

  8. Lumbar pedicle cortical bone trajectory screw

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    Song Tengfei; Wellington K Hsu; Ye Tianwen

    2014-01-01

    Objective The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the lumbar pedicle cortical bone trajectory (CBT) screw fixation technique,a new fixation technique for lumbar surgery.Data sources The data analyzed in this review are mainly from articles reported in PubMed published from 1994 to 2014.Study selection Original articles and critical reviews relevant to CBT technique and lumbar pedicle fixation were selected.Results CBT technique was firstly introduced as a new fixation method for lumbar pedicle surgery in 2009.The concepts,morphometric study,biomechanical characteristics and clinical applications of CBT technique were reviewed.The insertional point of CBT screw is located at the lateral point of the pars interarticularis,and its trajectory follows a caudocephalad path sagittally and a laterally directed path in the transverse plane.CBT technique can be used for posterior fixation during lumbar fusion procedures.This technique is a minimally invasive surgery,which affords better biomechanical stability,fixation strength and surgical safety.Therefore,CBT technique has the greatest benefit in lumbar pedicle surgery for patients with osteoporosis and obesity.Conclusion CBT technique is a better alternative option of lumbar pedicle fixation,especially for patients with osteoporosis and obesity.

  9. Impact of obesity on complications and outcomes: a comparison of fusion and nonfusion lumbar spine surgery.

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    Onyekwelu, Ikemefuna; Glassman, Steven D; Asher, Anthony L; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Mummaneni, Praveen V; Carreon, Leah Y

    2017-02-01

    OBJECTIVE Prior studies have shown obesity to be associated with higher complication rates but equivalent clinical outcomes following lumbar spine surgery. These findings have been reproducible across lumbar spine surgery in general and for lumbar fusion specifically. Nevertheless, surgeons seem inclined to limit the extent of surgery, perhaps opting for decompression alone rather than decompression plus fusion, in obese patients. The purpose of this study was to ascertain any difference in clinical improvement or complication rates between obese and nonobese patients following decompression alone compared with decompression plus fusion for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). METHODS The Quality Outcomes Database (QOD), formerly known as the National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N(2)QOD), was queried for patients who had undergone decompression plus fusion (D+F group) versus decompression alone (D+0 group) for LSS and were stratified by a body mass index (BMI) ≥ 30 kg/m(2) (obese) or obese cohort, 844 patients had decompression alone and 337 had decompression plus fusion. There were no significant differences in the Oswestry Disability Index score or in leg pain improvement at 12 months when comparing decompression with fusion to decompression without fusion in either obese or nonobese cohorts. However, absolute improvement in back pain was less in the obese group when decompression alone had been performed. Blood loss and operative time were lowest in the nonobese D+0 cohort and were higher in obese patients with or without fusion. Obese patients had a longer hospital stay (4.1 days) than the nonobese patients (3.3 days) when fusion had been performed. In-hospital stay was similar in both obese and nonobese D+0 cohorts. No significant differences were seen in 30-day readmission rates among the 4 cohorts. CONCLUSIONS Consistent with the prior literature, equivalent clinical outcomes were found among obese and non-obese patients treated for LSS. In

  10. Rabbit lung injury induced by explosive decompression

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    Objective: To study the mechanism of rabbit lunginjury caused by explosive decompression. Methods: A total of 42 rabbits and 10 rats were served as the experimental animals. A slow recompressiondecompression test and an explosive decompression test were applied to the animals, respectively. And the effects of the given tests on the animals were discussed. Results: The slow recompression-decompression did not cause an obvious lung injury, but the explosive decompression did cause lung injuries in different degrees. The greater the decompression range was, the shorter the decompression duration was, and the heavier the lung injuries were. Conclusions: Explosive decompression can cause a similar lung injury as shock wave does. The primary mechanical causes of the lung injury might be a tensile strain or stress in the alveolar wall and the pulmonary surface's impacts on the inside wall of the chest.

  11. (Modic) signal alterations of vertebral endplates and their correlation to a minimally invasive treatment of lumbar disc herniation using epidural injections; (Modic-)Signalveraenderungen vertebraler Endplatten und ihr Bezug zu einer minimalinvasiven Injektionstherapie lumbaler Bandscheibenvorfaelle

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    Liphofer, J.P.; Becker, G.T.; Koester, O. [Inst. fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie und Nuklearmedizin, St. Josef-Hospital Bochum (Germany); Theodoridis, T. [Klinik fuer Orthopaedie und Unfallchirurgie, St. Josef-Hospital Bochum (Germany); Schmid, G. [Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie, Johanna-Etienne-Krankenhaus Neuss (Germany)

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    Purpose: To study the influence of (Modic) signal alterations (SA) of the cartilage endplate (CEP) of vertebrae L3-S1 on the outcome of an in-patient minimally invasive treatment (MIT), using epidural injections on patients with lumbar disc herniation (LDH). Materials and Methods: The MR images of 59 consecutive patients with LDH within segments L3/L4-L5/S1 undergoing in-patient minimally invasive treatment with epidural injections were evaluated in a clinical study. The (Modic) signal alterations of the CEP were recorded using T1- and T2-weighted sagittal images. On the basis of the T2-weighted sagittal images, the extension and distribution of the SA were measured by dividing each CEP into 9 areas. The outcome of the MIT was recorded using the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) before and after therapy and in a 3-month follow-up. Within a subgroup of patients (n=35), the distribution and extension of the signal alterations were correlated with the development of the ODI. Results: Segments with LDH showed significantly more (p<0.001) SA of the CEP than segments without LDH. Although the extension of the SA was not dependent on sex, it did increase significantly with age (p=0.017). The outcome after MIT did not depend on the sex and age of the patients or on the type od LDH. The SA extension tended to have a negative correlation with the outcome after MIT after 3 months (p=0.071). A significant negative correlation could be established between the SA extension in the central section of the upper endplate and the outcome after 3 months (p=0.019). (orig.)

  12. 经皮椎间孔入路全内镜技术治疗腰椎间盘突出症%Transforaminal percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy for lumbar disc herniation

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    宋科冉; 李振宙; 侯树勋; 赵宏亮; 商卫林

    2014-01-01

    Transforaminal percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy ( TF-PELD ) is a minimally invasive procedure, which has developed very fast recently. The appearance of Yeung Endoscopy Spine System ( YESS ) marked the maturation of TF-PELD. The YESS consists of a video system and a rigid endoscope including optical fiber lighting, wide-angle lens, some irrigation channels and a working channel. Inclusive lumbar disc herniation can be treated, but it is inadaptable for herniated lumber disc prolapsed in the canal. The cross-sectional area of the intervertebral foramen will be expanded by using Transforaminal Endoscopic Spine System ( TESSYS ), so as to put the working tube into the canal. The puncture point is moved outside and the working tube will be put into the canal in the“far-lateral technique”invented by Ruetten et al. The deifciency of YESS is offset by the 2 techniques stated above, and the operation indications of TF-PELD are extended. In recent 20 years, the side injuries have been constantly reduced and as good clinical results as in traditional decompression procedures have been achieved. TF-PELD will hold a bright prospect.

  13. Problems of posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) for the rheumatoid spondylitis of the lumbar spine.

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    Inaoka, Masahiro; Tada, Koichi; Yonenobu, Kazuo

    2002-03-01

    We performed posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) on 7 patients with rheumatoid spondylitis (RA) of the lumbar spine with severe low-back pain and/or cauda equina symptoms, and evaluated the effectiveness of PLIF for the lumbar spinal instability in RA secondary to destruction of the anterior elements, including vertebral endplates and the apophyseal joint. The subjects were 7 patients with classic RA, 2 men and 5 women, mean age 65 years old, and the mean duration of RA was 21 years. All had severe low-back pain and difficulty with walking. According to the ARA classification, the patients were at stage 3 or worse and in class 3. Diagnostic imaging including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), tomography, myelography, and computed tomographic myelography (CTM) of the lumbar spine clearly delineated pathology, destruction of the vertebral endplate, subluxation, and cauda compression which can be well treated with PLIF. We performed L4/5PLIF (5 cases), L3/4 and L4/5 PLIF (2 cases), and posterior fixation with instruments for anterior column repair and stabilization and posterior decompression. Autografts (all cases) and Brantigan IF cage (2 cases) were used. Stable fixation of the lumbar spine was achieved after surgery, and improvement in gait and activities of daily living were achieved through the relief of low-back pain and radicular pain; the mean duration of follow-up was 22 months. Postoperative, plain radiography, CT, and MRI revealed the enlargement of the lumbar canal and fusion and incorporation of grafted bone, but in some cases, collapse of graft, migration of pedicle screw, instability of adjacent level, and collapse of adjacent vertebra were noted. PLIF with spinal instruments is a preferred treatment for rheumatoid spondylitis of the lumbar spine, but in the mutilating type of RA with severe osteoporosis, PLIF in combination with a long fixation system and/or augmentation of the vertebral bodies might be needed.

  14. Microendoscopic discectomy for treatment of lumbar disc herniation

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    ARJUN Sinkemani; WU Xiao-tao

    2015-01-01

    A lumbar microendoscopic discectomy ( MED ) is a minimally invasive surgical technique performed through a tubular device which is designed for the pain relieve caused by herniated discs pressing the nerve roots . In 1997, a new minimally invasive surgical approach for the management of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation , MED was introduced .This technique uses a tubular retractor system and a microendoscope for visualization rather than the operating microscope .However , recent literature suggests that MED is an effective microendoscopic system which has a fine long-term outcome in treating lumbar disc herniation .This article describes the operative tech-niques and outcomes reported in the literature for MED .

  15. Comparison of open surgical discectomy versus plasma-laser nucleoplasty in patients with single lumbar disc herniation

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    Saeid Abrishamkar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Intervertebral disc herniation is a major cause of low back pain. Several treatment methods are available for lumbar disc herniation including Chemonucleolysis, open surgery, nucleoplasty, laser disc decompression, and intradiscal electrothermal therapy. The high prevalence of lumbar disc herniation necessitates a minimally invasive yet effective treatment method. In this study, we compared the outcomes of open surgery and nucleoplasty method in patients with single lumbar disc herniation. Materials and Methods: This study was a noninferiority randomized clinical trial conducted in one of the University Hospitals of Isfahan Medical University; The Alzahra Hospital. About 200 patients with the diagnosis of lumbar disc herniation were recruited and were assigned to either the treatment or control groups using block randomization. One group received open surgery and the other group received nucleoplasty as the method of treatment. Patients were revisited at 14 days, 1, 2, 3 months, and 1-year after surgery and were assessed for the following variables: Lower back pain, lower limb pain, common complications of surgery (e.g., discitis, infection and hematoma and recurrence of herniation. Results: The mean (standard deviation severity of low back pain was reduced from 6.92 (2.5 to 3.43 (2.3 in the nucleoplasty group (P = 0.04 and from 7.5 (2.2 to 3.04 (1.61 in the discectomy group (P = 0.73. Between group difference was not statistically significant (P = 0.44, however, time and treatment interaction was significant (P = 0.001. The level of radicular pain evaluated 1 year after treatment was reduced from 8.1 (1.2 to 2.9 (1.2 (P = 0.004 and from 7.89 (2.1 to 3.6 (2.5 (P =0.04 in the discectomy and the nucleoplasty groups respectively, significant interaction between time and treatment options was observed (P < 0.001 while there was no significant difference between two treatment groups (P = 0.82. Conclusion: Our results show that while

  16. Biomechanical analysis of two-step traction therapy in the lumbar spine.

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    Park, Won Man; Kim, Kyungsoo; Kim, Yoon Hyuk

    2014-12-01

    Traction therapy is one of the most common conservative treatments for low back pain. However, the effects of traction therapy on lumbar spine biomechanics are not well known. We investigated biomechanical effects of two-step traction therapy, which consists of global axial traction and local decompression, on the lumbar spine using a validated three-dimensional finite element model of the lumbar spine. One-third of body weight was applied on the center of the L1 vertebra toward the superior direction for the first axial traction. Anterior translation of the L4 vertebra was considered as the second local decompression. The lordosis angle between the superior planes of the L1 vertebra and sacrum was 44.6° at baseline, 35.2° with global axial traction, and 46.4° with local decompression. The fibers of annulus fibrosus in the posterior region, and intertransverse and posterior longitudinal ligaments experienced stress primarily during global axial traction, these stresses decreased during local decompression. A combination of global axial traction and local decompression would be helpful for reducing tensile stress on the fibers of the annulus fibrosus and ligaments, and intradiscal pressure in traction therapy. This study could be used to develop a safer and more effective type of traction therapy.

  17. Avaliação clínica radiológica da artrodese lombar transforaminal aberta versus minimamente invasiva Evaluación clínica radiológica de la artrodesis lumbar transforaminal abierta versus mínimamente invasiva Clinical and radiological evaluation of open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion versus minimally invasive

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    Cristiano Magalhães Menezes

    2009-09-01

    artrodesis transforaminal abierta y mínimamente invasiva. MÉTODOS: cuarenta y cinco pacientes fueron sometidos a la artrodesis lumbar transforaminal por el Grupo de Cirugía Espinal del Hospital Lifecenter/Ortopédico de Belo Horizonte, en el periodo de Diciembre de 2005 a Mayo de 2007, siendo 15 en el grupo de artrodesis abierta y 30 pacientes del grupo de artrodesis mínimamente invasiva (MIS. Las indicaciones para la artrodesis intersomática fueron: enfermedad degenerativa de disco, asociada o no a hernia de disco o estenosis del canal; espondilolistesis de bajo grado espondilolítica o degenerativa; y síndrome post-laminectomía/discectomía. Las variables analizadas fueron: tiempo de cirugía, tiempo de internación hospitalar, necesidad de hemotransfusión, escala analógica visual de dolor (VAS lumbar y de los miembros inferiores, Oswestry, índice de consolidación de la artrodesis y regreso al trabajo. RESULTADOS: el seguimiento mínimo fue de 24 meses. Fueron ocho hombres y siete mujeres en el Grupo Abierto y 17 hombres y 13 mujeres en el Grupo MIS. El tiempo quirúrgico promedio fue de 222 minutos y 221 minutos, respectivamente. Hubo mejora significativa del VAS y Oswestry en el postoperatorio en ambos grupos. El tiempo de internación hospitalar varió de 3.3 días para el Grupo Abierto y 1.8 días para el Grupo MIS. El índice de fusión obtenido fue de 93.3% en ambos grupos. Hubo necesidad de hemotransfusión en tres pacientes en el Grupo Abierto (20% y ningún caso MIS. CONCLUSIONES: la TLIF mínimamente invasiva presenta resultados similares a largo plazo cuando comparada con TLIF abierta, con los beneficios adicionales de menor morbilidad postoperatoria, menor periodo de internación y rehabilitación precoz.OBJECTIVE: the aim of this article is to compare the clinical and radiological results of patients who underwent open and minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. METHODS: forty-five patients underwent transforaminal lumbar

  18. European EVA decompression sickness risks

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    Vogt, Lorenz; Wenzel, Jürgen; Skoog, A. I.; Luck, S.; Svensson, Bengt

    For the first manned flight of Hermes there will be a capability of performing EVA. The European EVA Space Suit will be an anthropomorphic system with an internal pressure of 500 hPa of pure oxygen. The pressure reduction from the Hermes cabin pressure of 1013 hPa will induce a risk for Decompression Sickness (DCS) for the EVA crewmember if no adequate protective procedures are implemented. Specific decompression procedures have to be developed. From a critical review of the literature and by using knowledge gained from research conducted in the past in the fields of diving and aerospace medicine safe protective procedures are proposed for the European EVA scenario. An R factor of 1.2 and a tissue half-time ( t1/2) of 360 minutes in a single-tissue model have been identified as appropriate operational values. On the basis of an acceptable risk level of approximately 1%, oxygen prebreathing times are proposed for (a) direct pressure reduction from 1013 hPa to a suit pressure of 500 hPa, and (b) staged decompression using a 700 hPa intermediate stage in the spacecraft cabin. In addition, factors which influence individual susceptibility to DCS are identified. Recommendations are also given in the areas of crew selection and medical monitoring requirements together with therapeutic measures that can be implemented in the Hermes scenario. A method for demonstration of the validity of proposed risks and procedures is proposed.

  19. Percutaneous pedicle screw reduction and axial presacral lumbar interbody fusion for treatment of lumbosacral spondylolisthesis: A case series

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    Miller Larry E

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Traditional surgical management of lumbosacral spondylolisthesis is technically challenging and is associated with significant complications. The advent of minimally invasive surgical techniques offers patients treatment alternatives with lower operative morbidity risk. The combination of percutaneous pedicle screw reduction and an axial presacral approach for lumbosacral discectomy and fusion offers an alternative procedure for the surgical management of low-grade lumbosacral spondylolisthesis. Case presentation Three patients who had L5-S1 grade 2 spondylolisthesis and who presented with axial pain and lumbar radiculopathy were treated with a minimally invasive surgical technique. The patients-a 51-year-old woman and two men (ages 46 and 50-were Caucasian. Under fluoroscopic guidance, spondylolisthesis was reduced with a percutaneous pedicle screw system, resulting in interspace distraction. Then, an axial presacral approach with the AxiaLIF System (TranS1, Inc., Wilmington, NC, USA was used to perform the discectomy and anterior fixation. Once the axial rod was engaged in the L5 vertebral body, further distraction of the spinal interspace was made possible by partially loosening the pedicle screw caps, advancing the AxiaLIF rod to its final position in the vertebrae, and retightening the screw caps. The operative time ranged from 173 to 323 minutes, and blood loss was minimal (50 mL. Indirect foraminal decompression and adequate fixation were achieved in all cases. All patients were ambulatory after surgery and reported relief from pain and resolution of radicular symptoms. No perioperative complications were reported, and patients were discharged in two to three days. Fusion was demonstrated radiographically in all patients at one-year follow-up. Conclusions Percutaneous pedicle screw reduction combined with axial presacral lumbar interbody fusion offers a promising and minimally invasive alternative for the management

  20. Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion or posterior lumbar interbody fusion in treatment of lumbar degenerative disorder disease%椎间盘镜辅助X-Tube下椎体间融合术治疗退变性腰椎间盘疾病

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    马维虎; 刘观燚; 徐荣明; 孙韶华; 赵刘军; 胡勇; 蒋伟宇; 顾永杰

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨椎间盘镜辅助X-Tube下腰椎后路椎体间融合术(posterior lumbar interbody fusion,PLIF)和经椎间孔腰椎椎体间融合术(transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion,TLIF)治疗退变性椎间盘疾病的临床疗效.方法 2007年11月至2008年4月,采用椎间盘镜辅助X-Tube下TLIF和PLIF 治疗退变性椎间盘疾病32例:PLIF 13例,TLIF 19例.单节段腰椎间盘突出症伴相应节段腰椎不稳定21例,腰椎滑脱症11例(Ⅰ度6例,Ⅱ度5例).病变节段:L3-4 2例,L4-5 18例,L5S1 12例.年龄38~72岁,平均51.2岁;男19例,女13例.术后进行定期随访和影像学检查,并进行Oswestry功能障碍指数评定以评价术后康复情况.结果 手术时间90~180 min,平均120 min;手术出血量100~400 ml,平均190ml.切口均为甲级愈合,未见切口及椎管、椎间隙感染、内固定失败等并发症发生.所以患者均获随访,随访时间13~41个月,平均21个月.Oswestry功能障碍指数由术前40.1%±4.1%下降到术后3个月的9.5%±3.7%.疗效评价:优19例,良10例,可3例;优良率为90.6%.骨融合均取得成功.结论 椎间盘镜辅助X-Tube下TLIF和PLIF治疗退变性椎间盘疾病具有切口小,创伤小,术后恢复快等优点.%Objective To evaluate the clinical effects of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) or posterior lumbar interbody fusion(PLIF) using microendoscopic discectomy under X-Tube system in treatment of lumbar degenerative disc diseases.Methods From December 2007 to April 2008,32 patients with low back disorders were treated by microendoscopic discectomy TLIF or PLIF under X-Tube system,including 19 cases in TLIF and 13 in PLIF.Etiologies including lumbar disc herniation combined with segmental instability in 21 cases,and spondylolisthesis in 11 cases.All patients were under regular postoperative follow-up and radiological examination.The clinical functional outcomes were evaluated according to Oswestry disability questionnaire.Results The

  1. Spontaneous hemorrhage in an upper lumbar synovial cyst causing subacute cauda equina syndrome.

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    Machino, Masaaki; Yukawa, Yasutsugu; Ito, Keigo; Kanbara, Shunsuke; Kato, Fumihiko

    2012-09-01

    Lumbar spine synovial cysts are becoming more frequent, and they are generally associated with degenerative lumbar spinal disease. They are common in lower lumbar lesions but rare in upper lumbar lesions. Several cases of hemorrhage into lower lumbar juxtafacet cysts after trauma or anticoagulation therapy have been reported in the literature. This article describes a case of subacute cauda equina syndrome resulting from spontaneous hemorrhage into an upper lumbar synovial cyst. A 65-year-old man presented with a 3-month history of intermittent bilateral lumbar pain. One week before, he experienced a sudden exacerbation of lumbar pain and began falling frequently; he also reported weakness and tingling in his lower limbs. A hematic collection associated with a large juxtafacet cyst at L2-L3 was suspected on magnetic resonance imaging. He underwent surgical decompression, and the cyst was resected. Microscopic examination was consistent with the diagnosis of a synovial cyst. Two days postoperatively, he was walking independently. Although several descriptions exist of hemorrhagic lumbar juxtafacet cysts after trauma or anticoagulant therapy, to the authors' knowledge, this is the first documented case of hemorrhage in an upper lumbar synovial cyst with no previous traumatic event or medication use. Magnetic resonance imaging was essential in making the preoperative diagnosis. Surgical removal of the cyst was an effective treatment. Copyright 2012, SLACK Incorporated.

  2. Acquired lumbar spinal stenosis.

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    Deasy, JoAnn

    2015-04-01

    Lumbar spinal stenosis is the most frequent reason for spinal surgery in patients over age 65 years. In this condition, narrowing of the lumbar spinal canal and nerve root canals leads to painful, debilitating compression of spinal nerves and blood vessels. As the population ages, an increasing number of patients will be diagnosed and treated for lumbar spinal stenosis by primary care providers. This article reviews the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of lumbar spinal stenosis in adults over age 50 years.

  3. Congenital Lumbar Hernia

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    Sanjay Sharma

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Lumbar hernia is a rare hernia. It constitutes less than one percent of all abdominal hernias. It can becongenital or acquired. Acquired can occur either spontaneously or after surgery or trauma. Only 300cases of lumbar hernia are reported till date. We report a case of congenital lumbar hernia in one month oldmale baby

  4. Dynamic stabilization for degenerative spondylolisthesis and lumbar spinal instability.

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    Ohtonari, Tatsuya; Nishihara, Nobuharu; Suwa, Katsuyasu; Ota, Taisei; Koyama, Tsunemaro

    2014-01-01

    Lumbar interbody fusion is a widely accepted surgical procedure for patients with lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis and lumbar spinal instability in the active age group. However, in elderly patients, it is often questionable whether it is truly necessary to construct rigid fixation for a short period of time. In recent years, we have been occasionally performing posterior dynamic stabilization in elderly patients with such lumbar disorders. Posterior dynamic stabilization was performed in 12 patients (6 women, 70.9 ± 5.6 years old at the time of operation) with lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis in whom % slip was less than 20% or instability associated with lumbar disc herniation between March 2011 and March 2013. Movement occurs through the connector linked to the pedicle screw. In practice, 9 pairs of D connector system where the rod moves in the perpendicular direction alone and 8 pairs of Dynamic connector system where the connector linked to the pedicle screw rotates in the sagittal direction were installed. The observation period was 77-479 days, and the mean recovery rate of lumbar Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA) score was 65.6 ± 20.8%. There was progression of slippage due to slight loosening in a case with lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis, but this did not lead to exacerbation of the symptoms. Although follow-up was short, there were no symptomatic adjacent vertebral and disc disorders during this period. Posterior dynamic stabilization may diminish the development of adjacent vertebral or disc disorders due to lumbar interbody fusion, especially in elderly patients, and it may be a useful procedure that facilitates decompression and ensures a certain degree of spinal stabilization.

  5. Outcomes of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion via Quadrant retractor versus conventional posterior open surgery for degenerative lumbar spine disease%微创经椎间孔减压腰椎融合内固定术与传统后路开放手术治疗腰椎退变性疾病的疗效比较

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    闫国良; 纪振钢; 高浩然; 李存孝; 史锦华; 李红; 刘海潮; 钱济先

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    助于早期功能恢复.%Objectives: To compare clinical outcomes of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF group) via MAST Quadrant retractor vs conventional posterior open surgery(open group) for degenerative lumbar spine disease. Methods: From March 2008 to June 2010, 80 patients with single-level lumbar degenerative disease and failed with conservative treatment were enrolled in this study. All cases were divided into two groups randomly, with 40 patients in each group. There was no significant difference in age, gender, body weight, clinical diagnosis or the segment between the two groups (P>0.05). Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion via MAST Quadrant retractor or the conventional posterior open surgery was performed randomly. The operation time, blood loss, postoperative drainage, hospital stay, creatine phos-phokinase(CPK) in serum, MRI-T2 relaxation time, visual analogue scores (VAS) for back and leg pain, Os-westry disability index(ODl), and fusion rate by 24-36 months follow-up(mean time, 29 months) between two groups were compared. Results: The MIS-TLIF group had similar operation time to the open surgery group (141.0±27.3min vs 139.5±33.7min, P>0.05). Intraoperative blood loss, postoperative drainage in MIS-TLIF group was 268.0±122.2ml and 25.6±32.4ml, which was significantly less than 370.0±147.1ml and 277.8± 167.4ml of the open group, respectively (P0.05). The CPK levels were significantly higher at 1, 3, 5 days after surgery(P0.05). Conclusions: Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion via MAST Quadrant retractor surgery and conventional posterior open surgery both can achieve a good short-term efficiency, but the former surgery had less soft tissue intervention, and conducive to early functional recovery.

  6. Predictors of surgical revision after in situ decompression of the ulnar nerve.

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    Krogue, Justin D; Aleem, Alexander W; Osei, Daniel A; Goldfarb, Charles A; Calfee, Ryan P

    2015-04-01

    This study was performed to identify factors associated with the need for revision surgery after in situ decompression of the ulnar nerve for cubital tunnel syndrome. This case-control investigation examined all patients treated at one institution with open in situ decompression for cubital tunnel syndrome between 2006 and 2011. The case patients were 44 failed decompressions that required revision, and the controls were 79 randomly selected patients treated with a single operation. Demographic data and disease-specific data were extracted from the medical records. The rate of revision surgery after in situ decompression was determined from our 5-year experience. A multivariate logistic regression model was used based on univariate testing to determine predictors of revision cubital tunnel surgery. Revision surgery was required in 19% (44 of 231) of all in situ decompressions performed during the study period. Predictors of revision surgery included a history of elbow fracture or dislocation (odds ratio [OR], 7.1) and McGowan stage I disease (OR, 3.2). Concurrent surgery with in situ decompression was protective against revision surgery (OR, 0.19). The rate of revision cubital tunnel surgery after in situ nerve decompression should be weighed against the benefits of a less invasive procedure compared with transposition. When considering in situ ulnar nerve decompression, prior elbow fracture as well as patients requesting surgery for mild clinically graded disease should be viewed as risk factors for revision surgery. Patient factors often considered relevant to surgical outcomes, including age, sex, body mass index, tobacco use, and diabetes status, were not associated with a greater likelihood of revision cubital tunnel surgery. Copyright © 2015 Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Board of Trustees. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Surgical options in ICH including decompressive craniectomy.

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    Mitchell, Patrick; Gregson, Barbara A; Vindlacheruvu, Raghu R; Mendelow, A David

    2007-10-15

    Intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) accounts for 15 to 20% of strokes. The condition carries a higher morbidity and mortality than occlusive stroke. Despite considerable research effort, no therapeutic modality either medical or surgical has emerged with clear evidence of benefit other than in rare aneurysmal cases. Intracerebral haemorrhages can be divided into those that arise from pre-existing macroscopic vascular lesions - so called "ictohaemorrhagic lesions", and those that do not; the latter being the commoner. Most of the research that has been done on the benefits of surgery has been in this latter group. Trial data available to date precludes a major benefit from surgical evacuation in a large proportion of cases however there are hypotheses of benefit still under investigation, specifically superficial lobar ICH treated by open surgical evacuation, deeper ICH treated with minimally invasive surgical techniques, and decompressive craniectomy. When an ICH arises from an ictohaemorrhagic lesion, therapy has two goals: to treat the effects of the acute haemorrhage and to prevent a recurrence. Three modalities are available for treating lesions to prevent recurrence: stereotactic radiosurgery, endovascular embolisation, and open surgical resection. As with ICH without an underlying lesion there is no evidence to support surgical removal of the haemorrhage in most cases. An important exception is ICHs arising from intracranial aneurysms where there is good evidence to support evacuation of the haematoma as well as repair of the aneurysm.

  8. Clinical efficacy of treatment of lumbar degenerative disease under the Quadrant minimally invasive treatment system%Quadrant微创系统治疗腰椎退行性疾病的临床疗效观察

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    黎华; 李荣祝; 韦建勋; 丘德赞; 梁斌; 尹东; 韦敏克

    2012-01-01

    [Objective]To investigate the clinical efficacy of applying the Quadrant minimally invasive treatment system for the treatment of lumbar degenerative disease. [Method] From February 2011 to April 2012,34 patients treated with lumbar fusion under Quadrant minimally invasive treatment system were analysed. The postoperative indexes, the intervertebral height recovery and complications were recorded. The clinical efficacy was evaluated according to the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) scores and visual analogue scale(VSA) scores. [Result]The average operation time was 174 min,the incision length was 4.2 cm,surgical blood loss was 252ml,surgical draining loss was 97ml,the postoperative ambulation time was 1.9 d,the hospital stay was 7.6 d. Complication was noted in one patient, which was the transient nerve root irritation symptom and ceased after treatment. The mean follow-up was 11.8 months. The JOA scores and the lumbocrural pain VSA scores before discharge and of the final follow-up improved than that of preoperation, and the difference was statistically significant(P <0. 01). The average improvement rate of life quality was 85.6% at final follow-up. The intervertebral height increased from( 5.68 ± 1.82) mm to( 10. 01 ± 1.31)mm. [Conclusion] Applying the Quadrant minimally invasive treatment system to treat the lumbar degenerative disease has many advantages such as less damage to the spine stability,less tissue trauma,less bleeding and quicker recovery and so on, beside of those advantages, it is easy to operate and has defined clinical efficacy. All of these suggest the clinical promotion.%[目的]探讨应用Quadrant微创系统治疗腰椎退行性疾病的临床疗效.[方法]对2011年2月~2012年4月本院应用Quadrant微创系统行腰椎融合手术患者34例进行分析,观察手术后各项指标、椎间隙高度恢复及并发症发生情况,并采用日本骨科学会(JOA)评分和疼痛视觉模拟量表(VAS)

  9. Graphics processing unit-assisted lossless decompression

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    Loughry, Thomas A.

    2016-04-12

    Systems and methods for decompressing compressed data that has been compressed by way of a lossless compression algorithm are described herein. In a general embodiment, a graphics processing unit (GPU) is programmed to receive compressed data packets and decompress such packets in parallel. The compressed data packets are compressed representations of an image, and the lossless compression algorithm is a Rice compression algorithm.

  10. Graphics processing unit-assisted lossless decompression

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    Loughry, Thomas A.

    2016-04-12

    Systems and methods for decompressing compressed data that has been compressed by way of a lossless compression algorithm are described herein. In a general embodiment, a graphics processing unit (GPU) is programmed to receive compressed data packets and decompress such packets in parallel. The compressed data packets are compressed representations of an image, and the lossless compression algorithm is a Rice compression algorithm.

  11. Pressureless Orbital Decompression for Myopic Proptosis.

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    Rajak, Saul N; McGovern, Richard A; Selva, Dinesh

    2017-01-01

    Orbital decompression surgery increases the orbital volume. It has rarely been used for proptosis of the large highly myopic globe. However, external decompression surgery carries significant risks because of the large thin-walled globe. The authors report the first use of endoscopic medial wall orbital decompression surgery in this setting to obviate the risk of globe pressure.Endoscopic medial wall decompression brought about a 4 mm reduction of proptosis, correction of exotropia and elimination of retrobulbar ache providing good symmetry with the fellow eye.Endoscopic medial wall orbital decompression can be very effective for correcting the proptosis of high myopia and minimizes the risk of damage to the very large, thin-walled globe.

  12. POSTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION AND INSTRUMENTED POSTEROLATERAL FUSION IN ADULT SPONDYLOLISTHESIS: ASSESSMENT AND CLINICAL OUTCOME

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    Rajarajan

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Aim of this study is to assess and compare the outcomes of posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF and posterolateral fusion (PLF in adult isthmic spondylosthesis. BACKGROUND: Posterolateral fusion has been considered the best method and widely been used for surgical treatment of adult spondylolisthesis.Superior results have subsequently been reported with interbody fusion with cages and posterior instrumentation MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty six patients with isthmic spondylolisthesis were operated. One group (20 patients had decompression and posterolateral fusion (PLF with a pedicle screw system; other group (16 patients was treated by decompression, posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF and a Pedicle screw system. In both groups adequate decompression was done RESULTS: Seventy seven percent of the patients had a good result with (PLIF and 68 percent with posterolateral fusion (PLF. However there was no statistical difference in cases with low grade slipping, whereas the difference was significant for cases with high grade slipping. Fusion rate was 93% with (PLIF and 68% with (PLF, but without any significant incidence in the functional outcome. 78% has relief of sciatica and neurogenic claudication. CONCLUSION: Based on these findings we found that for high grade spondylolisthesis which requires reduction or if the disc space is still high posterior lumbar inter body fusion is preferable. For low grade spondylolisthesis or if the disc space is narrow posterolateral fusion is preferable. A successful result of fusion operation depends on adequate decompression which relieves radicular symptoms.

  13. Minimally invasive percutaneous pedicle screws osteosynthesis for treatment of thoraco-lumbar vertebra fracture%经皮微创椎根弓螺钉内固定治疗胸腰椎压缩性骨折

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    林建新; 林建民; 徐志伟

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the efficacy of minimally invasive percutaneous pedicle screw fixation on thoracic vertebral compression fractures. Methods Thirty patients with thoracic vertebral compression fractures from January 2012 to November 2014 were included in the study , the data were analyzed retrospectively. Of these 30 cases, 15 underwent surgical procedure of minimally invasive percutaneous pedicle screw fixation (observation group) and 15 were treated with open surgery of traditional posterior midline longitudinal incision approach. The operation time , blood loss, hospital stay, postoperative visual analogue scale (VAS), postoperative Cobb angle correction rate, postoperative failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) were compared between two groups. Results In observation group, the mean operation time, blood loss, hospital stay were significantly reduced when compared with control (P<0.05). VAS at 48 h was significantly lower in observation group than in control group(P<0.05). The postoperative Cobb angle correction rate in observation group was similar to that in control. FBSS patients in control group was higher than in the observation group , but the difference was not statistically significant. Conclusion Minimally invasive percutaneous pedicle screws osteosynthesis has better surgical results than the traditional posterior midline longitudinal incision approach in treatment of thoraco-lumbar vertebra fracture.%目的:探讨经皮微创行椎弓根螺钉内固定治疗单纯胸腰椎压缩性骨折的临床疗效。方法选择2012年1月至2014年11月间我院收治的30例单纯胸腰椎压缩性骨折患者,分为对照组(n=15)和观察组(n=15)。对照组患者采用传统的以伤椎为中心的后正中纵行切口开放手术,观察组患者采用经皮微创椎弓根螺钉内固定手术。比较两组患者手术相关指标、术后48 h疼痛视觉模拟评分(VAS)、手术即期效果和远期效果、术后腰椎手术

  14. Endoscopic anatomy and features of lumbar discectomy by Destandau technique

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    Keyvan Mostofi

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Minimally invasive spine surgery prevents alteration of paraspinal muscles and avoids traditional open surgery, so in the majority of cases, recovery is much quicker and patients have less back pain after surgery. The authors describe an endoscopic approach to lumbar disc herniation by the Destandau's method originated in Bordeaux. Destandau designed ENDOSPINE for discectomy will be inserted, and the procedure will continue using endoscopy. The Endoscopic approach to lumbar disc herniation by Destandau's method offers a convenient access to lumbar disc herniation with less complications and negligible morbidity. It gives maximum exposure to the disc space with maximal angles and minimal cutaneous incision. Contrary to other minimally invasive approaches, the visual field in discectomy by Destandau technique is broad and depending on the workability of ENDOSPINE an adequate access to lumbar disc herniation is possible.

  15. The results of decompressive surgery and instrumented posterolateral fusion in refractory degenerative spondylolisthesis

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    Behtash H

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available "nBackground: Degenerative spondylolisthesis is a common disease of the lumbar spine especially in older ones. The disease represents a challenge to the treating physician. At present, for those patients that deteriorate clinically, there are many proposed algorithms for the surgical treatment. This before and after study was undertaken to assess the surgical results of decompression and instrumented posterolateral fusion in these patients. "nMethods: The study population consisted of 23 patients who had undergone no prior surgery for degenerative spondylolisthesis on the lumbar spine. These patients were treated by decompression, bilateral posterolateral fusion, and segmental (pedicle screw instrumentation with mean follow-up of 29 months (range, 13-73 months. Finally, The clinical results were evaluated for all patients by means of an Oswestry Disability Index (ODI version 2.1, the Henderson's functional capacity, and persistence of leg symptoms, low back pain or claudication. Mann-Whitney and Chi-Square tests were used to assess the average values and comparison, respectively. "nResults: Henderson's functional capacity at the last visit session was excellent in 14 (60.9%, good in 7 (30.4%, fair in 2 (8.7% cases. ODI decreased from 72.2% (50-88% preoperatively to 14.4% (0-54% at the latest follow-up visit. A history of leg pain or claudication was correlated significantly with the amount of decline in ODI score and Henderson's functional capacity (p<0.05. "nConclusion: In spite of limited number of our patients, decompressive surgery plus instrumented posterolateral fusion is a safe, reliable, and satisfactory procedure for treating degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. This procedure may be done when conservative treatment was failed and psychological problems can be ruled out.

  16. Estudo comparativo do trofismo do multífido na artrodese lombar aberta versus minimamente invasiva Estudio comparativo de trofismo del multífido en la artrodesis lumbar abierta versus la mínimamente invasiva Comparative study of tropism of the multifidus muscle in open lumbar arthrodesis versus minimally invasive arthrodesis

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    Cristiano Magalhaes Menezes

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar se a abordagem MIS para artrodese lombar em um nível reduz as alterações estruturais do multífido, tais como a diminuição de sua área de secção transversa e a degeneração gordurosa patológica, quando comparada a uma abordagem convencional aberta. MÉTODOS: Entre Janeiro de 2007 e Janeiro de 2010, foram avaliados 27 pacientes submetidos a procedimento cirúrgico de artrodese aberta e MIS. Realizou-se RNM no pós-operatório, no intervalo entre 12 e 36 meses após a cirurgia, com vizualizacao do músculo multífido para seu estudo. RESULTADOS: Todos os pacientes foram operados num nível de artrodese através da técnica aberta e MIS. CONCLUSÃO: Não foram encontradas diferenças significativas referentes às variáveis sexo e idade com a área e trofismo do multífido em ambos os lados.OBJETIVO: Determinar si un enfoque de MIS, para la artrodesis lumbar en un nivel, reduce los cambios estructurales en el multífido, como la reducción de su área de sección transversal y la patología de la degeneración grasa, en comparación con un enfoque abierto convencional. MÉTODOS: Entre enero de 2007 y enero de 2010, se evaluaron 27 pacientes sometidos a procedimiento quirúrgico de artrodesis abierta y MIS. Se realizó RNM en el posoperatorio, entre 12 y 36 meses después de la cirugía, con la visualización del músculo multífido para su estudio. RESULTADOS: Todos los pacientes fueron operados en un nivel de artrodesis con la técnica abierta y MIS. CONCLUSIÓN: No se encontraron diferencias significativas respecto a las variables de sexo y edad, con el área y el trofismo del multífido en ambos lados.OBJECTIVE: Determine if the minimally invasive surgery (MIS approach for lumbar fusion in a determined level can reduce structural changes in the multifidus muscle, such as decrease their cross-sectional area and pathologic fatty degeneration, compared to a conventional open approach. METHODS: Between January 2007 and

  17. Design of three-dimensional visualization based on the posterior lumbar pedicle screw fixation

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    Kai XU

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective To establish a three-dimensional visualization model of posterior lumbar pedicle screw fixation.Methods A patient with lumbar intervertebral disc hernia and another patient with compression fracture of lumbar vertebra were involved in the present study.Both patients underwent multi-slice spiral CT scan before and after lumbar pedicle screw fixation.The degree of preoperative vertebral compression,vertebral morphology before and after surgery,postoperative pedicle screw position,and decompression effects were observed.The original data of the multi-slice spiral CT were inputted into the computer.The three-dimensional reconstructed images of the lumbar and implanted screws were obtained using the software Amira 4.1 to show the three-dimensional shape of the lumbar vertebrae before and after surgery and the location of the implanted screws.Results The morphology and structure of the lumbar vertebrae before and after surgery and of the implanted screws were reconstructed using the digital navigation platform.The reconstructed 3D images could be displayed in multicolor,transparent,or arbitrary combinations.In the 3D surface reconstruction images,the location and structure of the implanted screws could be clearly observed,and the decompression of the spinal cord or nerve roots and the severity of the fracture and the compression of lumbar vertebrae could be fully evaluated.The reconstructed images before operation revealed the position of the vertebral pedicles and provided reference for intraoperative localization.Conclusions The three-dimensional computerized reconstructions of lumbar pedicle screw fixation may be valuable in basic research,clinical experiment,and surgical planning.The software Amira is one of the bases of three-dimensional reconstruction.

  18. libpolycomp: Compression/decompression library

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    Tomasi, Maurizio

    2016-04-01

    Libpolycomp compresses and decompresses one-dimensional streams of numbers by means of several algorithms. It is well-suited for time-ordered data acquired by astronomical instruments or simulations. One of the algorithms, called "polynomial compression", combines two widely-used ideas (namely, polynomial approximation and filtering of Fourier series) to achieve substantial compression ratios for datasets characterized by smoothness and lack of noise. Notable examples are the ephemerides of astronomical objects and the pointing information of astronomical telescopes. Other algorithms implemented in this C library are well known and already widely used, e.g., RLE, quantization, deflate (via libz) and Burrows-Wheeler transform (via libbzip2). Libpolycomp can compress the timelines acquired by the Planck/LFI instrument with an overall compression ratio of ~9, while other widely known programs (gzip, bzip2) reach compression ratios less than 1.5.

  19. LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS. A REVIEW OF BIOMECHANICAL STUDIES

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    戴力扬; 徐印坎

    1998-01-01

    ObjectS. To investigate the biomechanical aspects of etiology, pathology, clinical manifestation, diagnosis and surgical treatment of the lumbar spinal stenosis. Methods. A series of biomechanical methods, such as three-dimensional finite element models, threedimensional kinematic measurement, cadeveric evaluation, and imaging assessment was applied to correlate lumbar biomechanics and lumber spinal stenosls. Surgery of lumber spinal stenosis has been improved. Results.The stresses significantly concentrate on the posterolateral part of the annulus fibrcsms of disc, the posterior surface of vertebral body, the pedlcle, the interarticularis and the beet joints. This trend is intensified by disc degeneration and lumber backward extension. Posterior elcxnent resection has a definite effect upon the biomechanical behavior of lumbar vertebrae. The improved operations proved satisfactory. Conclusion. Stress concentration in the lumber vertebrae is of importance to the etiology of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosls, and disc degeneratkm is the initial key of this process. Than these will be aggravatnd by backward extension. Functloval radiography and myelography are of assistance to the diagnosis of the lumhar spinal stenosls. For the surgcal treatment of the lumber spinal stenosis, destruction of the posterior element should be avoid as far as possible based upon the thorough decmnpression. Maintaining the lumbar spine in flexion by fusion after decorapression has been proved a useftd method. When developmental spinal stenoals is combined with disc herniation, discectoray through laminotomy is recommend for decompression.

  20. Influences of spinal decompression therapy and general traction therapy on the pain, disability, and straight leg raising of patients with intervertebral disc herniation.

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    Choi, Jioun; Lee, Sangyong; Hwangbo, Gak

    2015-02-01

    [Purpose] The purpose of this study was to identify how spinal decompression therapy and general traction therapy influence the pain, disability, and straight leg raise (SLR) ability of patients with intervertebral disc herniation. [Subjects] The subjects were 30 patients with chronic lumbar pain who were divided into a spinal decompression therapy group (SDTG, n=15), and a general traction therapy group (GTTG, n=15). [Methods] The SDTG used a spinal decompression device, and the GTTG used a lumbar traction device. Both groups received conservative physical therapy three times a week for four weeks. A visual analog scale (VAS) was used to measure the degree of pain the patients with chronic lumbar pain. The Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) was used to measure the degree of functional disability. A goniometer was used to measure the patients' SLR ability. [Results] Both SDTG and GTTG showed statistically significant decreases in VAS and ODI scores and a statistically significant increase in SLR angle. A comparison of the two groups found no statistically significant differences. [Conclusion] Spinal decompression therapy and general traction therapy are effective at improving the pain, disability, and SLR of patients with intervertebral disc herniation. Thus, selective treatment may be required.

  1. Single incision endoscopic surgery for lumbar hernia.

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    Kawaguchi, Masahiko; Ishikawa, Norihiko; Shimizu, Satsuki; Shin, Hisato; Matsunoki, Aika; Watanabe, Go

    2011-01-01

    Single Incision Endoscopic Surgery (SIES) has emerged as a less invasive surgery among laparoscopic surgeries, and this approach for incisional hernia was reported recently. This is the first report of SIES for an incisional lumbar hernia. A 66-year-old Japanese woman was referred to our institution because of a left flank hernia that developed after left iliac crest bone harvesting. A 20-mm incision was created on the left side of the umbilicus and all three trocars (12, 5, and 5 mm) were inserted into the incision. The hernial defect was 14 × 9 cm and was repaired with intraperitoneal onlay mesh and a prosthetic graft. The postoperative course was uneventful. SIES for lumbar hernia offers a safe and effective outcome equivalent compared to laparoscopic surgery. In addition, SIES is less invasive and has a cosmetic benefit.

  2. Complications in lumbar spine surgery: A retrospective analysis

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    Luca Proietti

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Surgical treatment of adult lumbar spinal disorders is associated with a substantial risk of intraoperative and perioperative complications. There is no clearly defined medical literature on complication in lumbar spine surgery. Purpose of the study is to retrospectively evaluate intraoperative and perioperative complications who underwent various lumbar surgical procedures and to study the possible predisposing role of advanced age in increasing this rate. Materials and Methods: From 2007 to 2011 the number and type of complications were recorded and both univariate, (considering the patients′ age and a multivariate statistical analysis was conducted in order to establish a possible predisposing role. 133 were lumbar disc hernia treated with microdiscetomy, 88 were lumbar stenosis, treated in 36 cases with only decompression, 52 with decompression and instrumentation with a maximum of 2 levels. 26 patients showed a lumbar fracture treated with percutaneous or open screw fixation. 12 showed a scoliotic or kyphotic deformity treated with decompression, fusion and osteotomies with a maximum of 7.3 levels of fusion (range 5-14. 70 were spondylolisthesis treated with 1 or more level of fusion. In 34 cases a fusion till S1 was performed. Results: Of the 338 patients who underwent surgery, 55 showed one or more complications. Type of surgical treatment ( P = 0.004, open surgical approach (open P = 0.001 and operative time ( P = 0.001 increased the relative risk (RR of complication occurrence of 2.3, 3.8 and 5.1 respectively. Major complications are more often seen in complex surgical treatment for severe deformities, in revision surgery and in anterior approaches with an occurrence of 58.3%. Age greater than 65 years, despite an increased RR of perioperative complications (1.5, does not represent a predisposing risk factor to complications ( P = 0.006. Conclusion: Surgical decision-making and exclusion of patients is not justified only

  3. ASSOCIATION OF SPINOPELVIC PARAMETERS WITH THE LOCATION OF LUMBAR DISC HERNIATION

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    Jefferson Coelho de Léo

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective:To associate spinopelvic parameters, pelvic incidence, sacral slope, pelvic tilt and lumbar lordosis with the axial location of lumbar disc herniation.Methods:Retrospective study, which evaluated imaging and medical records of 61 patients with lumbar disc herniation, who underwent surgery with decompression and instrumented lumbar fusion in only one level. Pelvic incidence, sacral slope, pelvic tilt and lumbar lordosis with simple lumbopelvic lateral radiographs, which included the lumbar spine, the sacrum and the proximal femur. The affected segment was identified as the level and location of lumbar disc herniation in the axial plane with MRI scans.Results:Of 61 patients, 29 (47.5% had low lumbar lordosis; in this group 24 (82.8% had central disc herniation, 4 (13.8% had lateral recess disc herniation and 1 (3.4% had extraforaminal disc herniation (p<0.05. Of the 61 patients, 18 (29.5% had low sacral slope; of this group 15 (83.3% had central disc herniation and 3 (16.7% had disc herniation in lateral recess (p<0.05.Conclusions:There is a trend towards greater load distribution in the anterior region of the spine when the spine has hypolordotic curve. This study found an association between low lordosis and central disc herniation, as well as low sacral slope and central disc herniation.

  4. Surgery cooperation experience of minimally invasive bypass surgery of lumbar disc in the treatment of discogenic low back pain%微创腰椎间盘分流术治疗椎间盘源性腰痛的手术配合体会

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    张新梅; 杨惠林; 宋良琤

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨微创腰椎间盘分流术治疗椎间盘源性腰痛的手术配合和护理要点。方法回顾分析15例微创腰椎间盘分流术的术中配合和护理过程。结果15例患者均安全完成手术,效果满意,无并发症发生。结论认真做好术前准备和评估,正确摆放体位,掌握手术配合步骤,加强术中护理配合,严格执行无菌操作,可保证手术安全顺利地完成。%Objective To explore the surgery cooperation and nursing highlights of minimally invasive bypass surgery of lumbar disc in the treatment of discogenic low back pain.MethodsIntraoperative coordination and nursing process of 15 cases of minimally invasive bypass surgeries of lumbar disc were retrospective analyzed. Results15 patients were all undergone surgeries successfully without complications, and they were all satisfied with the clinical effect.ConclusionSafe and successful surgery is guaranteed by careful preoperative preparation and evaluation, appropriate body position, grasp of surgical cooperation procedure, strengthening of intraoperative nursing coordination and strict performance of aseptic technique.

  5. Minimally invasive lateral transpsoas approach for spinal discitis and osteomyelitis.

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    Patel, Neal B; Dodd, Zachary H; Voorhies, Jason; Horn, Eric M

    2015-11-01

    We present a series of patients with discitis and osteomyelitis who were surgically treated via a minimally invasive lateral transpsoas approach to the lumbar spine. Surgical treatment for spinal discitis and osteomyelitis presents challenges because of comorbidities that are common in patients undergoing this procedure. A retrospective review found six patients who met strict operative criteria including instability, intractable pain, neurological deficit, and disease progression. All patients were non-ambulatory before surgery because of intractable back pain. The patients underwent standard lateral minimally invasive surgery using either the extreme lateral interbody fusion (NuVasive, San Diego, CA, USA) or direct lateral interbody fusion (Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Memphis, TN, USA) system. The patients underwent debridement with a discectomy and partial or complete corpectomy, with polyetheretherketone or titanium cage placement. Two patients had additional posterior fixation with percutaneous pedicle screws, and none had immediate perioperative complications. The postoperative CT scans demonstrated satisfactory debridement and hardware placement. All patients experienced significant pain improvement and could ambulate within a few days of surgery. So far, the 1 year follow-up data have demonstrated stable hardware with solid fusion and continued pain improvements. One patient demonstrated hardware failure secondary to refractory infection, 2 months postoperatively, and required additional posterior decompression and debridement with pedicle screw fixation. The lateral transpsoas approach permits debridement and fixation coupled with percutaneous pedicle screw fixation to further stabilize the spine in a minimally invasive fashion. Due to the significant comorbidities in this patient population, a minimally invasive approach is a suitable surgical technique. A close follow-up period is necessary to detect early hardware failure which may necessitate more

  6. Intervertebral Fusion with Mobile Microendoscopic Discectomy for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease.

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    Xu, Bao-Shan; Liu, Yue; Xu, Hai-Wei; Yang, Qiang; Ma, Xin-Long; Hu, Yong-Cheng

    2016-05-01

    The aim of this article is to introduce a technique for lumbar intervertebral fusion that incorporates mobile microendoscopic discectomy (MMED) for lumbar degenerative disc disease. Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion is frequently performed to treat degenerative diseases of the lumbar spine; however, the scope of such surgery and vision is limited by what the naked eye can see through the expanding channel system. To expand the visual scope and reduce trauma, we perform lumbar intervertebral fusion with the aid of a MMED system that provides a wide field through freely tilting the surgical instrument and canals. We believe that this technique is a good option for treating lumbar degenerative disc disease that requires lumbar intervertebral fusion.

  7. Asymmetry of the multifidus muscle in lumbar radicular nerve compression

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    Farshad, Mazda; Gerber, Christian; Farshad-Amacker, Nadja A.; Dietrich, Tobias J.; Laufer-Molnar, Viviane; Min, Kan [Balgrist University Hospital, University of Zuerich, Zuerich (Switzerland)

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    The multifidus muscle is the only paraspinal lumbar muscle that is innervated by a single nerve root. This study aimes to evaluate if the asymmetry of the multifidus muscle is related to the severity of compression of the nerve root or the duration of radiculopathy. MRI scans of 79 patients with symptomatic single level, unilateral, lumbar radiculopathy were reviewed for this retrospective case series with a nested case-control study. The cross-sectional area (CSA) of the multifidus muscle and the perpendicular distance of the multifidus to the lamina (MLD) were measured bilaterally by two radiologists and set into relation to the severity of nerve compression, duration of radiculopathy and probability of an indication for surgical decompression. In 67 recessal and 12 foraminal symptomatic nerve root compressions, neither the MLD ratio (severe 1.19 ± 0.55 vs less severe nerve compression: 1.12 ± 0.30, p = 0.664) nor the CSA ratio (severe 1 ± 0.16 vs less severe 0.98 ± 0.13, p = 0.577) nor the duration of symptoms significantly correlated with the degree of nerve compression. MR measurements of multifidus were not different in patients with (n = 20) and those without (n = 59) clinical muscle weakness in the extremity caused by nerve root compression. A MLD >1.5 was, however, associated with the probability of an indication for surgical decompression (OR 3, specificity 92 %, PPV 73 %). Asymmetry of the multifidus muscle correlates with neither the severity nor the duration of nerve root compression in the lumbar spine. Severe asymmetry with substantial multifidus atrophy seems associated with the probability of an indication of surgical decompression. (orig.)

  8. Artrodese lombar minimamente invasiva com acesso intermuscular sem material cirúrgico especial: estudo de série de casos Artrodesis lumbar mínimamente invasiva con acceso intermuscular sin material quirúrgico especial: estudio de serie de casos Minimally invasive lumbar arthrodesis with intermuscular approach without special surgical material: a case series

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    Bruno de Azevedo Oliveira

    2011-01-01

    por enfermedad degenerativa. El Índice de Discapacidad de Oswestry (ODI versión 2.0 y la escala visual analógica de dolor (VAS fueron analizados antes de la cirugía y 6 meses después. La artrodesis se realizó con el acceso paramediano bilateral entre los músculos multifidus y longisimus utilizando sistemas simples de retractores cervicales, con láminas sustituibles, e implantes convencionales. RESULTADOS: Se observó una mejoría media de 3,6 puntos en la VAS y 27,5 puntos porcentuales en el ODI comparado con las evaluaciones realizadas antes y 6 meses después de la cirugía. La mejora fue mayor en los pacientes con ciática por hernia discal asociada con discopatía. Las preguntas del Índice de Oswestry, que presentaron mejores resultados, fueron la intensidad del dolor y la calidad del sueño. Las que tuvieron peores resultados fueron la capacidad de levantamiento de pesos y el dolor al sentarse. No hubo mayores dificultades relacionadas con la técnica y el material utilizado. CONCLUSIONES: La artrodesis de la columna lumbosacra, con abordaje intermuscular mínimamente invasivo, es posible de ser realizada con retractores quirúrgicos normales e implantes semejantes a los de la técnica tradicional, sin perjuicio técnico y sin comprometer el resultado clínico.OBJECTIVES: To analyze the clinical results of a series of patients with degenerative disease of the lumbar spine treated with circumferential arthrodesis with minimally invasive intermuscular approach without special surgical material. METHODS: Analysis of a prospective series of 12 consecutive non-randomized patients undergoing single level lumbosacral fusion for degenerative disease. Oswestry Disability Index (ODI version 2.0 and visual analogue pain scale (VAS were performed preoperatively and six months after surgery. Arthrodesis was performed with bilateral paramedian approach between the multifidus and longissimus muscles using simple cervical retractor systems and conventional implants

  9. Intra-Operative Vertebroplasty Combined with Posterior Cord Decompression

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    Allegretti, Luca; Mavilio, Nicola; Fiaschi, Pietro; Bragazzi, Roberto; Pacetti, Mattia; Castelletti, Lara; Saitta, Laura; Castellan, Lucio

    2014-01-01

    Summary Percutaneous vertebroplasty (VP) is a minimally invasive technique for the treatment of vertebral pathology providing early vertebral stabilization and pain relief. In cases of vertebral pathology complicated by spinal cord compression with associated neurological deficits, VP alone cannot be performed free of risks. We describe a combined approach in which decompressive laminectomy and intra-operative vertebroplasty (IVP) are performed during a single session. Among the 252 VP performed in our centre in the past three years, 12 patients (12 vertebral levels) with different pathologies (six symptomatic haemangiomas, two metastatic fractures, four osteoporotic fractures) were treated with an open procedure combined with surgery. All cases were treated with decompressive laminectomy and IVP (mono/bipeduncular or median-posterior trans-somatic access). Five patients with symptomatic haemangiomas were treated with endovascular embolization prior to the combined approach. A visual analogue scale (VAS) was applied to assess pain intensity before and after surgery. The neurological deficits were evaluated with an ASIA impairment scale. In all cases benefit from pain and neurological deficits was observed. The mean VAS score decreased from 7.8 to 2.5 after surgery. The ASIA score improved in all cases (five cases from D to E and five cases from C to D). No clinical complications were observed. In one case a CT scan performed after the procedure showed a foraminal accumulation of PMMA, but the patient referred no symptoms. IVP can be successfully applied in different pathologies affecting the vertebrae. In our limited series this approach proved safe and efficient to provide decompression of spinal cord and dural sac and vertebral body stabilization in a single session. PMID:25363261

  10. Haemorrhagic Lumbar Juxtafacet Cyst with Ligamentum Flavum Involvement

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    Finn Ghent

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Juxtafacet cysts are an uncommon cause of radiculopathy. They occur most frequently in the lumbar region, and their distribution across the spine correlates with mobility. Haemorrhagic complications are rare and may occur in the absence of any provocation, although there is some association with anticoagulation and trauma. We present a case of acute radiculopathy due to an L5/S1 juxtafacet cyst with unprovoked haemorrhage which was found to extend into ligamentum flavum. The patient underwent uncomplicated microscope assisted decompression with excellent results. The demographics, presentation, aetiology, and management of juxtafacet cysts are discussed.

  11. Comparative evaluation of a novel measurement tool to assess lumbar spine posture and range of motion

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    Consmüller, Tobias; Rohlmann, Antonius; Weinland, Daniel; Druschel, Claudia; Duda, Georg N; Taylor, William R

    2012-01-01

    .... Epionics SPINE is an advanced strain-gauge measurement technology, based on the two sensor strips SpineDMS system, which allows the non-invasive assessment of lumbar and thoraco-lumbar motion for periods of up to 24 h...

  12. Comprehensive comparing percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy with posterior lumbar internal fixation for treatment of adjacent segment lumbar disc prolapse with stable retrolisthesis: A retrospective case-control study.

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    Sun, Yapeng; Zhang, Wei; Qie, Suhui; Zhang, Nan; Ding, Wenyuan; Shen, Yong

    2017-07-01

    The study was to comprehensively compare the postoperative outcome and imaging parameter characters in a short/middle period between the percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) and the internal fixation of bone graft fusion (the most common form is posterior lumbar interbody fusion [PLIF]) for the treatment of adjacent segment lumbar disc prolapse with stable retrolisthesis after a previous lumbar internal fixation surgery.In this retrospective case-control study, we collected the medical records from 11 patients who received PELD operation (defined as PELD group) for and from 13 patients who received the internal fixation of bone graft fusion of lumbar posterior vertebral lamina decompression (defined as control group) for the treatment of the lumbar disc prolapse combined with stable retrolisthesis at Department of Spine Surgery, the Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University (Shijiazhuang, China) from May 2010 to December 2015. The operation time, the bleeding volume of perioperation, and the rehabilitation days of postoperation were compared between 2 groups. Before and after surgery at different time points, ODI, VAS index, and imaging parameters (including Taillard index, inter-vertebral height, sagittal dislocation, and forward bending angle of lumbar vertebrae) were compared.The average operation time, the blooding volume, and the rehabilitation days of postoperation were significantly less in PELD than in control group. The ODI and VAS index in PELD group showed a significantly immediate improving on the same day after the surgery. However, Taillard index, intervertebral height, sagittal dislocation in control group showed an immediate improving after surgery, but no changes in PELD group till 12-month after surgery. The forward bending angle of lumbar vertebrae was significantly increased and decreased in PELD and in control group, respectively.PELD operation was superior in terms of operation time, bleeding volume, recovery period, and financial

  13. Tophaceous Gout of the Lumbar Spine Mimicking Malignancy on FDG PET/CT.

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    Zhao, Qian; Dong, Aisheng; Bai, Yushu; Wang, Yang; Zuo, Changjing

    2017-09-01

    A 46-year-old man with over a 10-year history of gout complained of progressive bilateral buttock pain with numbness of legs for 4 months. Serum uric acid level was elevated. Lumbar radiographs showed decreased density of the bilateral L4-L5 facet joints. CT showed lytic lesions of the facet joints with hyperdense periarticular lesions. Enhanced MRI showed marked enhancement of these lesions. FDG PET/CT showed avid FDG uptake of the bony and periarticular lesions with SUVmax of 16.8. A decompressive posterior lumbar laminectomy with periarticular lesion resection was performed. Histopathologic findings of the periarticular lesions were consistent with tophaceous gout.

  14. [Posterior osteotomy and decompression for spinal deformity in patients with achondroplasia].

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    Sun, Wu; Zhang, Jian-Guo; Qiu, Gui-Xing; Li, Shu-Gang

    2010-11-23

    to evaluate the outcome of surgical treatment for spinal deformity in patients with achondroplasia. six consecutive cases of 3 males and 3 females were recruited. The average age at surgery was 18.5 years old with a range of 12 to 36 years old. All patients suffered thoracolumbar kyphosis and lumbar stenosis. Four patients had neurological deficits due to severe spinal deformity. Posterior osteotomy and decompression were performed in all cases. Long cassette supine radiographs were taken before and after surgery and at the final follow-up. Correction of kyphosis, neurological outcomes (JOA (Japanese Orthopedic Association) scores) and operative complications were recorded and analyzed. the average follow-up was 10.2 months with a range of 5 to 24 months. The average operative duration was 320 min with a mean 1300 ml of blood loss. The average number of fusion segments was 8 with a range of 5 to 10 segments. Kyphosis was corrected from 53.3° to 13.3° with a 75.0% correction rate. The average preoperative JOA score was 4.5 points and improved to 8.5 points at the final follow-up. posterior osteotomy and decompression is a preferred surgical regiment for thoracolumbar kyphosis and lumbar stenosis in patients with achondroplasia.

  15. The effect of anterior longitudinal ligament resection on lordosis correction during minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion: Biomechanical and radiographic feasibility of an integrated spacer/plate interbody reconstruction device.

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    Kim, Choll; Harris, Jonathan A; Muzumdar, Aditya; Khalil, Saif; Sclafani, Joseph A; Raiszadeh, Kamshad; Bucklen, Brandon S

    2017-03-01

    Lateral lumbar interbody fusion is powerful for correcting degenerative conditions, yet sagittal correction remains limited by anterior longitudinal ligament tethering. Although lordosis has been restored via ligament release, biomechanical consequences remain unknown. Investigators examined radiographic and biomechanical of ligament release for restoration of lumbar lordosis. Six fresh-frozen human cadaveric spines (L3-S1) were tested: (Miller et al., 1988) intact; (Battie et al., 1995) 8mm spacer with intact anterior longitudinal ligament; (Cho et al., 2013) 8mm spacer without intact ligament following ligament resection; (Galbusera et al., 2013) 13mm lateral lumbar interbody fusion; (Goldstein et al., 2001) integrated 13mm spacer. Focal lordosis and range of motion were assessed by applying pure moments in flexion-extension, lateral bending, and axial rotation. Cadaveric radiographs showed significant improvement in lordosis correction following ligament resection (P0.05) but did little to restore lordosis. Ligament release significantly destabilized the spine relative to intact in all modes and 8mm with ligament in lateral bending and axial rotation (P0.05). Lordosis corrected by lateral lumbar interbody fusion can be improved by anterior longitudinal ligament resection, but significant construct instability and potential implant migration/dislodgment may result. This study shows that an added integrated lateral fixation system can significantly improve construct stability. Long-term multicenter studies are needed. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Radicular pain from lumbar canal stenosis in addition to pre-existing phantom limb pain.

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    Tomasi, S O; Ghani, I; Waldvogel, D; Hausmann, O

    2013-12-01

    Phantom limb (PL) is a term used to designate the sensation of the presence of an extremity following amputation, and it may be seen immediately after injury or years later in the part of the body that is deafferented or amputated. Phantom limb pain (PLP) is the term used to describe painful sensations referred to the absent limb. We present a case of a 71-year-old male with spinal claudication from discoligamentous lumbar canal stenosis L3-L4 and L4-L5 with L5 radicular pain in the left PL 13 years after the amputation. The patient had a disappearance of his radicular pain in the left PL following microsurgical lumbar decompression of L3-L4 and L4-L5. This is one of the rare cases reported in the literature in which a radicular pain in the PL disappeared following surgical decompression of the spinal canal.

  17. Comparative study of different insertion techniques of pedicle screw in minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) procedure%微创TLIF术中不同椎弓根螺钉置入技术的对比研究

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    李振宙; 吴闻文; 宋科冉; 商卫林; 侯树勋

    2012-01-01

    [ Objective] To prospectively compare the outcomes of minimally invasive TLIF with different pedicle screw insertion techniques in the treatment of degenerative disc disease. [ Methods] From April 2008 to April 2010, 25 minimally invasive TLIF with conventional free hand pedicle screw insertion technique through expandable retractor (mini -TLIF) were match paired with 25 minimally invasive TLIF with percutaneous pedicle screw insertion technique under X - ray fluoroscopy guidance (p -TLIF) , with each group composed of 17 cases mono - segment lumbar disk herniation combined with segmental instability and 8 cases mono - segment discogenic low back pain. Patient demographics and operative data were collected. Clinical assessment in terms of Visual Analogue Scores of low back pain and sciatica were performed before surgery, 1 week, 6 months, 12 months and 24 months after surgery. Operation time, fluoroscopic time, blood loss, total morphine use, hospital stay and Mac-Nab scores of 24 postoperative months were compared between two groups. [ Results ] VAS scores of low back pain and sciatica of 1 week, 6 months, 12 months and 24 months postoperatively are decreased significantly compared to that of preoperative in both groups (P 0. 05) . Fluoroscopic time and operative time were longer in p - TLIF cases ( P 0. 05) . Two cases in p -TLIF group complicated with chronic low back pain underwent endoscopic exploration of medial branches of spinal nerves of fusion segment. Medial branches were compressed by pedicle screws and low back pain relieved after endoscopic dorsal rhizotomy. [Conclusion] Outcomes of 2 -year follow - up showed similar effect between two pedicle screw insertion techniques. Mini -TLIF keeps the advantages of p -TLIF (low tissue damage, low blood loss and low narcotics use) while avoid the disadvantage of p - TLIF ( high radiation exposure, long operation time) . Long - term outcomes still remain to be determined.%[目的]前瞻性对照研究不同椎

  18. Outcome after surgical treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis: the lumbar extension test is not a predictive factor

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    Westergaard, Lars; Hauerberg, John; Springborg, Jacob B

    2009-01-01

    of the lumbar spine has predictive value for the outcome after decompression. The aim of this study was to investigate this theory in a larger group of patients. METHODS: One hundred forty-six consecutive patients surgically treated for LSS were included in the study. The clinical condition was recorded before...... surgery and at 3, 6, 12, and 24 months after surgery using 3 different scoring systems: Swiss Spinal Stenosis Questionnaire, Neurogenic Claudication Outcome Score, and Oswestry Disability Index. The group of patients with preoperative aggravation of the symptoms by the lumbar extension test, (positive...... extension test), was compared with the group of patients without aggravation by the test, (negative extension test). RESULTS: Before surgery, patients with a positive extension test scored significantly worse on all disability scoring systems than patients with a negative test. However, the extension test...

  19. Application and development of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion%经椎间孔腰椎椎体间融合术的应用与发展

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    李华; 王辉; 丁文元

    2015-01-01

    Lumbar fusion has become a major surgical method in the treatment of lumbar degenerative diseases. Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion ( TLIF ) has a series of advantages such as less damage to lumbar structure, less nerve injuries and less postoperative complications. With the constant increase of lumbar degenerative diseases, TLIF has been rapidly developed in recent years. With the development of surgery, minimally invasive technique has been used in TLIF. Minimally invasive-TLIF ( MI-TLIF ) has become one of the research hotspots in spinal surgery. The development process, technical features, biomechanical advantages, internal ifxation methods and fusion materials of TLIF and MI-TLIF are reviewed in this paper.

  20. Lumbar lordosis and sacral slope in lumbar spinal stenosis: standard values and measurement accuracy.

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    Bredow, J; Oppermann, J; Scheyerer, M J; Gundlfinger, K; Neiss, W F; Budde, S; Floerkemeier, T; Eysel, P; Beyer, F

    2015-05-01

    Radiological study. To asses standard values, intra- and interobserver reliability and reproducibility of sacral slope (SS) and lumbar lordosis (LL) and the correlation of these parameters in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). Anteroposterior and lateral X-rays of the lumbar spine of 102 patients with LSS were included in this retrospective, radiologic study. Measurements of SS and LL were carried out by five examiners. Intraobserver correlation and correlation between LL and SS were calculated with Pearson's r linear correlation coefficient and intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) were calculated for inter- and intraobserver reliability. In addition, patients were examined in subgroups with respect to previous surgery and the current therapy. Lumbar lordosis averaged 45.6° (range 2.5°-74.9°; SD 14.2°), intraobserver correlation was between Pearson r = 0.93 and 0.98. The measurement of SS averaged 35.3° (range 13.8°-66.9°; SD 9.6°), intraobserver correlation was between Pearson r = 0.89 and 0.96. Intraobserver reliability ranged from 0.966 to 0.992 ICC in LL measurements and 0.944-0.983 ICC in SS measurements. There was an interobserver reliability ICC of 0.944 in LL and 0.990 in SS. Correlation between LL and SS averaged r = 0.79. No statistically significant differences were observed between the analyzed subgroups. Manual measurement of LL and SS in patients with LSS on lateral radiographs is easily performed with excellent intra- and interobserver reliability. Correlation between LL and SS is very high. Differences between patients with and without previous decompression were not statistically significant.

  1. Older literature review of increased risk of adjacent segment degeneration with instrumented lumbar fusions

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    Nancy E Epstein

    2016-01-01

    Conclusions: Too many studies assume that TLIF, PLIF, and even PLF instrumented fusions are the "gold standard of care" for dealing with degenerative disease of the lumbar spine without documented instability. It is time to correct that assumption, and reassess the older literature along with the new to confirm that decompression alone and noninstrumented fusion avoid significant morbidity and even potentially mortality attributed to unnecessary instrumentation.

  2. Surgical treatment in thoraco-lumbar region fractures.

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    Jorge Alberto Jerez Labrada

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: thoraco-lumbar fractures may affect people at any moment of their lives, especially at their most fruitful and useful stage. Its correct diagnosis and treatment may directly influence in the posterior evolution of the patients. Objectives: to evaluate the results of the surgical treatment in thoraco-lumbar region fractures. Methods: a descriptive retrospective correlational study of series cases which included 54 patients attended due to thoraco-lumbar region fractures in the University Hospital “Dr. Gustavo Aldereguía Lima” in Cienfuegos city, Cuba from January 1999 to June 2007. Age, sex, etiology of the fracture, type and level of the fractures, associated diseases, surgical techniques used for, pre and post operatory neurological damage, usage of metilprednisolone, complications and final results were the variables taken into consideration in this study. Results: most of the patients belonged to male sex under the age of 45. The totality of the cases had type IV fracture, and a great part of them had Denis type II fracture having surgical treatment. The causes of the lesions were traffic accidents, working accidents and height falls. The most useful surgical techniques were posterior decompression, instrumentation and fusion. Surgery improved the neurological damage in almost half of sick patients with this condition. Complications were minimum and rupture of the implant was predominant. Conclusion: surgical treatment in thoraco-lumbar region fractures had satisfactory results in our milieu.

  3. Comparison of minimally invasive percutaneous transforaminal endoscopic discectomy and microsurgical lumbar discectomy for lumbar disc herniation%经皮椎间孔镜与显微镜下微创手术治疗单节段腰椎间盘突出症的对比研究

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    段丽群; 张文志; 贺瑞; 李旭; 葛畅; 张锋; 蔡海平; 王立生

    2015-01-01

    (PELD) and microsurgical lumbar discectomy(MSLD) for lumbar disc herniation(LDH). Methods From June 2013 to December 2014, 256 patients with LDH in the Affiliated Provincial Hospital of Anhui Medical University underwent discectomy were enrolled in the research. One hundred and thirty-two patients were treated with MSLD and 124 cases with the PELD. The following measuring instruments were used: Visual analog scale for pain, the Oswestry Disability Index for patients′function and modified MacNab method for clinical outcome. The perioperative index, relief of the low back and leg pain, and clinical evaluation of each group were documented and compared respectively. Results All patients had been followed up for 5 to 35 months, averaged (20. 3 ± 4. 8) months and (19. 5 ± 5. 0) months in the MSLD group and PELD group, respectively. Overall, the PELD group had shorter surgical incision, shorter hospital stay and faster return to work than the MSLD group; however, operating time and radiation exposure were more than MSLD (all P values 0. 05). There was no significant difference in the main clinical outcome criteria ODI between the PELD and the MSLD group. According to the modified MacNab criteria, the excellent and good rates were 94. 7% (125 / 132)and 94. 3% (117 / 124) in the MSLD and PELD groups in the latest follow-up, respectively, and the differences between the 2 groups were not statistically significant (χ2 = 0. 015, P > 0. 05). There was no incidence of greater artery injury in each group. In MSLD group, there were 2 patients with nerve root traction injury, 1 patient with dural tear. In PELD group, there were 5 patients with postoperative dysesthesia of exiting root, 1 patient with neck pain during operation, and remnant disc fragment was found in one patient with highly migrated disc herniation. There were 2 patients of recurrence with disc herniations in each group, and were all treated with minimally invasive transforaminal lumber iterbody fusion. Conclusions

  4. Laparoscopic tension-free hernioplasty for lumbar hernia.

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    Maeda, K; Kanehira, E; Shinno, H; Yamamura, K

    2003-09-01

    Lumbar hernia, a defect of the posterior abdominal wall, is a very rare condition. The repair of a posterior abdominal wall hernia by simply closing the hernia port with sutures may not be adequate, especially when the herniation is due to a weakness in the abdominal wall. Recently, a simple, logical method of tension-free repair has become a popular means for the treatment of various abdominal wall hernias. Previous studies have advocated the use of tension-free repair for lumbar hernia; the technique uses a mesh replacement and requires an extensive incision. Herein we present a case of superior lumbar hernia. Our technique consisted of a laparoscopic tension-free hernioplasty with the application of a Prolene mesh. This technique, which provides an excellent operative view, is safe, feasible, and minimally invasive. We conclude that laparoscopic tension-free repair should be the preferred option for the treatment of lumbar hernia.

  5. One-Step Posterior and Anterior Combined Approach for L5 Retroperitoneal Schwannoma Eroding a Lumbar Vertebra

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    Giancarlo D’Andrea

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the case of a large lumbar schwannoma eroding the vertebra and originating from spinal canal with invasion of the retroperitoneal space. We also review all the cases in literature reporting lumbar schwannomas eroding the vertebral bodies and invading the retroperitoneal space focusing on the surgical strategies to manage them. Spinal CT-scan revealed a 44 mm×55 mm inhomogeneous soft-tissue mass arising from the right L5-S1 neural foramen and its most anterior portion had a clear colliquative aspect. Magnetic resonance image showed a neoplastic lesion with homogeneous low signal in T1WI, heterogeneous signal in T2WI, and strong enhancement in postgadolinium examination. It developed as well in the retroperitoneal space, posteriorly to the iliac vein, up to the psoas muscle with wide erosion of the omolateral conjugate foramen. We performed a one-step combined approach together with the vascular surgeon because the lesion was too huge to allow a complete resection via a posterior approach and furthermore its tight relationship with the psoas muscle and the iliac vessels in the retroperitoneal space should be more safely managed via a retroperitoneal approach. We strongly suggest a 1-step surgery first approaching the dumbbell and the intraspinal schwannomas posteriorly achieving the decompression of the spinal canal and the cleavage of the tumor cutting the root of origin and the vascular supply and valuating the stability of the spine for potential artrodesis procedure. The patient must be then operated on via a retroperitoneal approach achieving the complete en bloc resection of the tumor.

  6. Post-surgical functional recovery, lumbar lordosis, and range of motion associated with MR-detectable redundant nerve roots in lumbar spinal stenosis.

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    Chen, Jinshui; Wang, Juying; Wang, Benhai; Xu, Hao; Lin, Songqing; Zhang, Huihao

    2016-01-01

    T1- and T2-weighted magnetic resonance images (MRI) can reveal lumbar redundant nerve roots (RNRs), a result of chronic compression and nerve elongation associated with pathogenesis of cauda equina claudication (CEC) in degenerative lumbar canal stenosis (DLCS). The study investigated effects of lumbar lordosis angle and range of motion on functional recovery in lumbar stenosis patents with and without RNRs. A retrospective study was conducted of 93 lumbar spinal stenosis patients who underwent decompressive surgery. Eligible records were assessed by 3 independent blinded radiologists for presence or absence of RNRs on sagittal T2-weighted MR (RNR and non-RNR groups), pre- and post-operative JOA score, lumbar lordosis angle, and range of motion. Of 93 total patients, the RNR group (n=37, 21/37 female) and non-RNR group (n=56; 31/56 female) had similar preoperative conditions (JOA score) and were not significantly different in age (mean 64.19 ± 8.25 vs. 62.8 ± 9.41 years), symptom duration (30.92 ± 22.43 vs. 28.64 ± 17.40 months), or follow-up periods (17.35 ± 4.02 vs. 17.75 ± 4.29 mo) (all p>0.4). The non-RNR group exhibited significantly better final JOA score (p=0.015) and recovery rate (p=0.002). RNR group patients exhibited larger lumbar lordosis angles in the neutral position (p=0.009) and extension (p=0.021) and larger range of motion (p=0.008). Poorer surgical outcomes in patients with RNRs indicated that elevated lumbar lordosis angle and range of motion increased risks of RNR formation, which in turn may cause poorer post-surgical recovery, this information is possibly useful in prognostic assessment of lumbar stenosis complicated by RNRs. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Preliminary evaluation of posterior dynamic lumbar stabilization in lumbar degenerative disease in Chinese patients

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    JIA Yu-hua; SUN Peng-fei

    2012-01-01

    Background There has been some controversy related to the use of the Wallis system,rather than disc fusion in the treatment of patients with degenerative spine disease.Furthermore,there are no reports concerning the application of this dynamic stabilization system in Chinese patients,who have a slightly different lifestyle with Western patients.The aim of this study was to assess the safety and efficacy of the dynamic stabilization system in the treatment of degenerative spinal diseases in Chinese patients.Methods The clinical outcomes of 20 patients with lumbar degenerative disease treated by posterior decompression with the Wallis posterior dynamic lumbar stabilization implant were studied.All of the patients completed the visual analogue scale and the Chinese version of the Oswestry Disability Index.The following radiologic parameters were measured in all patients:global lordotic angles and segmental lordotic angles (stabilized segments,above and below adjacent segments).The range of motion was then calculated.Results Nineteen patients (95%) were available for follow-up.The mean follow-up period was (27.25±5.16) months (range 16-35 months).The visual analogue scale decreased from 8.55±1.21 to 2.20±1.70 (P <0.001),and the mean score on the Chinese version of the Oswestry Disability Index was improved from 79.58%±15.93% to 22.17%±17.24% (P <0.001).No significant changes were seen in the range of motion at the stabilized segments (P=0.502) and adjacent segments (above,P=0.453; below,P=0.062).The good to excellent result was 94.4% at the latest follow-up.No complications related to the use of the Wallis posterior dynamic lumbar stabilization occurred.Conclusions It was found to be both easy and safe to use the Wallis posterior dynamic lumbar stabilization implant in the treatment of degenerative lumbar disease,and the early therapeutic effectiveness is good.The Wallis system provides an alternative method for the treatment of lumbar degenerative

  8. Decompressive craniectomy in herpes simplex encephalitis

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    Muhammed Jasim Abdul Jalal

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Intracranial hypertension is a common cause of morbidity in herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE. HSE is the most common form of acute viral encephalitis. Hereby we report a case of HSE in which decompressive craniectomy was performed to treat refractory intracranial hypertension. A 32-year-old male presented with headache, vomiting, fever, and focal seizures involving the right upper limb. Cerebrospinal fluid-meningoencephalitic profile was positive for herpes simplex. Magnetic resonance image of the brain showed swollen and edematous right temporal lobe with increased signal in gray matter and subcortical white matter with loss of gray, white differentiation in T2-weighted sequences. Decompressive craniectomy was performed in view of refractory intracranial hypertension. Decompressive surgery for HSE with refractory hypertension can positively affect patient survival, with good outcomes in terms of cognitive functions.

  9. Decompressive laparotomy for abdominal compartment syndrome

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    Kimball, E.; Malbrain, M.; Nesbitt, I.; Cohen, J.; Kaloiani, V.; Ivatury, R.; Mone, M.; Debergh, D.; Björck, M.

    2016-01-01

    Background The effect of decompressive laparotomy on outcomes in patients with abdominal compartment syndrome has been poorly investigated. The aim of this prospective cohort study was to describe the effect of decompressive laparotomy for abdominal compartment syndrome on organ function and outcomes. Methods This was a prospective cohort study in adult patients who underwent decompressive laparotomy for abdominal compartment syndrome. The primary endpoints were 28‐day and 1‐year all‐cause mortality. Changes in intra‐abdominal pressure (IAP) and organ function, and laparotomy‐related morbidity were secondary endpoints. Results Thirty‐three patients were included in the study (20 men). Twenty‐seven patients were surgical admissions treated for abdominal conditions. The median (i.q.r.) Acute Physiology And Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II score was 26 (20–32). Median IAP was 23 (21–27) mmHg before decompressive laparotomy, decreasing to 12 (9–15), 13 (8–17), 12 (9–15) and 12 (9–14) mmHg after 2, 6, 24 and 72 h. Decompressive laparotomy significantly improved oxygenation and urinary output. Survivors showed improvement in organ function scores, but non‐survivors did not. Fourteen complications related to the procedure developed in eight of the 33 patients. The abdomen could be closed primarily in 18 patients. The overall 28‐day mortality rate was 36 per cent (12 of 33), which increased to 55 per cent (18 patients) at 1 year. Non‐survivors were no different from survivors, except that they tended to be older and on mechanical ventilation. Conclusion Decompressive laparotomy reduced IAP and had an immediate effect on organ function. It should be considered in patients with abdominal compartment syndrome. PMID:26891380

  10. Decision-making in burst fractures of the thoracolumbar and lumbar spine

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    Heary Robert

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The most common site of injury to the spine is the thoracolumbar junction which is the mechanical transition junction between the rigid thoracic and the more flexible lumbar spine. The lumbar spine is another site which is more prone to injury. Absence of stabilizing articulations with the ribs, lordotic posture and more sagitally oriented facet joints are the most obvious explanations. Burst fractures of the spine account for 14% of all spinal injuries. Though common, thoracolumbar and lumbar burst fractures present a number of important treatment challenges. There has been substantial controversy related to the indications for nonoperative or operative management of these fractures. Disagreement also exists regarding the choice of the surgical approach. A large number of thoracolumbar and lumbar fractures can be treated conservatively while some fractures require surgery. Selecting an appropriate surgical option requires an in-depth understanding of the different methods of decompression, stabilization and/or fusion. Anterior surgery has the advantage of the greatest degree of canal decompression and offers the benefit of limiting the number of motion segments fused. These advantages come at the added cost of increased time for the surgery and the related morbidity of the surgical approach. Posterior surgery enjoys the advantage of being more familiar to the operating surgeons and can be an effective approach. However, the limitations of this approach include inadequate decompression, recurrence of the deformity and implant failure. Though many of the principles are the same, the treatment of low lumbar burst fractures requires some additional consideration due to the difficulty of approaching this region anteriorly. Avoiding complications of these surgeries are another important aspect and can be achieved by following an algorithmic approach to patient assessment, proper radiological examination and precision in decision-making regarding

  11. Portal Decompression Using the Inferior Mesenteric Vein

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    Full Text Available We report five patients with variceal hemorrhage, in three cases secondary to diffuse thrombosis of the portal, superior mesenteric and splenic veins. Mesenteric angiography demonstrated patency of the inferior mesenteric vein (IMV in each, and successful portal decompression by anastomosis of the IMV to the left renal vein (n=4 or the inferior vena cava (n=1 was accomplished. Bleeding was permanently controlled: four patients have survived from one to eight years post-operatively. Because shunt procedures utilizing the IMV are technically straightforward, subtotally decompress the portal system and avoid the right upper quadrant, they may be advantageous in certain clinical settings.

  12. Lumbar corsets can decrease lumbar motion in golf swing

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    Hashimoto, Koji; Miyamoto, Kei; Yanagawa, Takashi; Hattori, Ryo; Aoki, Takaaki; Matsuoka, Toshio; Ohno, Takatoshi; Shimizu, Katsuji

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    Swinging a golf club includes the rotation and extension of the lumbar spine. Golf-related low back pain has been associated with degeneration of the lumbar facet and intervertebral discs, and with spondylolysis...

  13. The different impact on saggital spinopelvic alignment in degenerative spondylolisthesis between mini-mally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and conventional open posterior lumbar inter- body fusion%微创经椎间孔腰椎体间融合术与传统开放手术对退变性腰椎滑脱症腰椎-骨盆矢状位参数的不同影响

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    苏锴; 郭营; 汤嘉军; 尹刚辉; 黎庆初; 赵银霞; 张忠民; 金大地

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    Objectives: To compare the different impact on saggital spinopelvic alignment in degenerative spondylolisthesis between minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) and conventional open posterior lumbar interbody fusion(PLIF). Methods: From June 2010 to June 2013, 48 patients with L4 single segmental degenerative spondylolisthesis met the inclusion criteria underwent traditional open PLIF in 23 cases(OPEN group) and minimally invasive TLIF in 25 cases(MIS group), and the clinical data were ana-lyzed retrospectively. The following data of preoperation and final follow-up were compared between the two groups on the standing lateral lumbar X-ray which containing bilateral femoral heads: slip percentage (SP), lumbar lordosis(LL), pelvic incidence(PI), pelvic tilt(PT), sacral slop(SS), lumbosacral angle(LSA), slip angle(SA) and the L1 axis and S1 distance(LASD). The correlation between the parameters was analyzed using correlate analysis. Results: The rate of slip reduction(ΔSP) in OPEN group was (67.42±33.80)%, which was significant-ly higher than that in MIS group (36.59±50.68)%(P<0.05). The LL at final follow-up was 43.03°±14.07°, SA was 3.12°±4.02°, which were both significantly lower than preoperative ones (46.53°±15.72° and 6.10°±5.64°respectively) in MIS group(P<0.05). ΔSA in OPEN group was 2.53°±6.63°, which was significantly higher than that in MIS group(-2.98°±5.42°)(P<0.05). ΔLASD in OPEN group was -4.10°±14.53°, which was significantly lower than that in MIS group (3.48°±9.01°)(P<0.05). There were positive correlations between preoperative SP and LASD, ΔSA and ΔLL, and negative correlation between ΔLL and ΔPT. Conclusions: For degenerative spondylolisthesis, minimally invasive TLIF and open PLIF all can make a significant reduction to slippage vertebral, but open PLIF has a higher rate of slip reduction. Minimally invasive TLIF significant reduce LL and SA, resulting in relative kyphosis on fusion segment

  14. Temporary paraplegia resulting from Gorham's disease involving the third lumbar vertebra and proximal femur: a five-year follow-up and review of the literature.

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    Esmailiejah, Ali Akbar; Kamalian, Naser; Abbasian, Mohammadreza

    2013-11-01

    Gorham's disease is a rare musculoskeletal disease of unknown etiology characterized by progressive osteolysis and massive bone destruction. Here, we report an extremely rare case of Gorham's disease involving two far sites in the lumbar spine and trochanteric region, gradually resulting in paraplegia. The patient underwent cord decompression and chemotherapy, and resumed her normal life; she was followed up for nearly five years.

  15. Anterior D-rod and titanium mesh fixation for acute mid-lumbar burst fracture with incomplete neurologic deficits A prospective study of 56 consecutive patients

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    2015-01-01

    Conclusion: Good mid term clinicoradiological results of anterior decompression with D-rod and titanium mesh fixation for suitable patients with mid-lumbar burst fractures with incomplete neurologic deficits can be achieved. The incident rate of complications was low. D-rod is a reliable implant and has some potential advantages in L4 vertebral fractures.

  16. Short-term clinical outcomes of surgical treatments of lumbar disc herniation in adolescents under 25 years old%25岁以下青少年腰椎间盘突出症手术治疗的近期疗效分析

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    李威; 何勍; 阮狄克; 王德利; 季伟; 林建宁

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨对25岁以下青少年腰椎间盘突出症患者的手术治疗效果.方法 对19例临床症状重,保守治疗无效的青少年腰椎间盘突出症患者行开放或微创单纯椎板开窗减压、椎间盘髓核摘除术,观察治疗效果.结果 19例病例全部获随访,随访时间9个月至3.5年,平均为19个月,术后均进行腰、腿痛VAS评分,JOA、ODI评分,结果较术前改善明显,影像学结果复查满意.术后症状减轻,体征大部分消失.结论 25岁以下青少年腰椎间盘突出症的临床症状、体征与成年患者相似.保守治疗无效后椎板开窗减压、髓核摘除术是治疗青少年腰椎间盘突出症患者的有效手术方法.%Objective To evaluate clinical effect of surgical treatment of lumbar disc hemiation in adolescents under 25 years' old.Methods 19 adolescents under 25 years' old with severe clinical symptoms of lumbar disc hemiation underwent surgical treatment of open or simple minimal invasive interspinous windowing for decompressing and resection of nucleus pulposus of lumbar disc after conservative therapy failure.Therapeutic effect was observed.Results All patients were followed up with the mean follow-up time of 19 months (range; 9 months-3.5 years).Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) Pain Score of lumber and limbs, Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA) and Oswestry (ODI) scoring system were applied to evaluate the clinical results.Clinical results were improved obviously compared with preoperative situation.The reexamination through imaging test showed satisfactory effect.Postoperatively, symptoms were relieved, and most of the physical signs disappeared.Conclusions The clinical symptoms and physical signs of adolescent patients of lumbar disc herniation under 25 years's old were similar to adult patients.The surgical treatment of interspinous windowing for decompressing and resection of nucleus pulposus of lumbar disc after conservative therapy failure is safe and effective.

  17. Use of liposomal bupivacaine in the postoperative management of posterior spinal decompression.

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    Grieff, Anthony N; Ghobrial, George M; Jallo, Jack

    2016-07-01

    OBJECTIVE The aim in this paper was to evaluate the efficacy of long-acting liposomal bupivacaine in comparison with bupivacaine hydrochloride for lowering postoperative analgesic usage in the management of posterior cervical and lumbar decompression and fusion. METHODS A retrospective cohort-matched chart review of 531 consecutive cases over 17 months (October 2013 to February 2015) for posterior cervical and lumbar spinal surgery procedures performed by a single surgeon (J.J.) was performed. Inclusion criteria for the analysis were limited to those patients who received posterior approach decompression and fusion for cervical or lumbar spondylolisthesis and/or stenosis. Patients from October 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013, received periincisional injections of bupivacaine hydrochloride, whereas after January 1, 2014, liposomal bupivacaine was solely administered to all patients undergoing posterior approach cervical and lumbar spinal surgery through the duration of treatment. Patients were separated into 2 groups for further analysis: posterior cervical and posterior lumbar spinal surgery. RESULTS One hundred sixteen patients were identified: 52 in the cervical cohort and 64 in the lumbar cohort. For both cervical and lumbar cases, patients who received bupivacaine hydrochloride required approximately twice the adjusted morphine milligram equivalent (MME) per day in comparison with the liposomal bupivacaine groups (5.7 vs 2.7 MME, p = 0.27 [cervical] and 17.3 vs 7.1 MME, p = 0.30 [lumbar]). The amounts of intravenous rescue analgesic requirements were greater for bupivacaine hydrochloride in comparison with liposomal bupivacaine in both the cervical (1.0 vs 0.39 MME, p = 0.31) and lumbar (1.0 vs 0.37 MME, p = 0.08) cohorts as well. None of these differences was found to be statistically significant. There were also no significant differences in lengths of stay, complication rates, or infection rates. A subgroup analysis of both cohorts of opiate-naive versus

  18. SACRALISATION OF LUMBAR VERTEBRAE

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Lumbar backache is a very common problem nowadays. Sacralisation of lumbar vertebrae is one of the cause for that. During routine osteology teaching a sacrum with incomplete attached lumbar 5 vertebrae is seen. Observation: Incompletely fused L 5 vertebrae with sacrum is seen. The bodies of the vertebrae are fused but the transverse process of left side is completely fused with the ala of sacrum.But on the right side is incompletely fused. Conclusion: The person is usually asymptomatic or may present with symptoms which include spinal or radicular pain, disc degeneration, L4/L5 disc prolapse, lumbar scoliosis and lumbar extradural defects. In transitional lumbosacral segmentation, it was observed that the lumbosacral intervertebral disc is significantly narrowed. The incidence of disc herniation is found to be higher and can occur even at young ages. There was also relationship established between transitional vertebrae and the degree of slippage in spondylolytic spondylolisthesis. In addition, this anomaly has known implications in the field of disc surgery.

  19. Unilateral and bilateral decompression for lumbar bilateral nerve root canal stenosis with unilateral symptoms: a prospective study%单侧症状的双侧腰椎神经根管狭窄行单、双侧减压的前瞻性研究

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    迟成; 张建党; 邹德威; 谭荣; 陈晓明; 周建伟; 彭军; 白克文

    2013-01-01

    目的:探讨腰椎同一节段双侧神经根管狭窄伴单侧症状患者行单侧减压或双侧减压的治疗效果.方法:对同一节段双侧腰椎神经根管狭窄伴单侧症状患者80例,前瞻性随机分为行单侧减压组(A组)和双侧减压组(B组),均行后路斜向腰椎关节融合术(posterior oblique lumbar arthrodesis,POLAr)治疗,分别观察术前、术后腰痛及患肢疼痛的VAS评分,记录手术时间,采用统一的临床功能评估标准评估临床疗效,观察并发症发生情况.结果:术后随访11~30个月,平均18个月.每节段手术时间A组为136.3±42min,B组为152.6±38min,两组间差异有显著性(P<0.05).两组术后l、3、6个月及末次随访时腰痛及患肢疼痛VAS评分与术前比较差异有显著性(P<0.05).根据临床功能评估标准,A组优28例,良3例,可4例,差5例,临床优良率为77.5%(31/40);B组优35例,良2例,可3例,临床优良率为92.5%(37/40),两组间差异有显著性(P<0.05).所有病例均未出现切口或深部感染;A组中出现对侧下肢根性疼痛5例,分别行对侧腰椎神经根管封闭术或对侧神经根管减压术后缓解,出现术后一过性节段性感觉运动减退1例,经对症及神经营养药物治疗3周后恢复;B组未出现下肢根性疼痛病例,出现术后一过性节段性感觉运动减退1例,经对症及神经营养药物治疗2周后恢复;两组之间并发症发生率有显著性差异(P<0.05).结论:单侧症状的双侧腰椎神经根管狭窄者行双侧减压与单侧减压相比,虽然手术时间较长,但根性疼痛并发症发生率低,临床优良率高.

  20. Nucleosynthesis in decompressing neutron star matter

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    Jaikumar, P; Otsuki, K; Ouyed, R; Jaikumar, Prashanth; Meyer, Bradley S.; Otsuki, Kaori; Ouyed, Rachid

    2006-01-01

    We explore heavy-element nucleosynthesis by rapid neutron capture (r-process) in the decompressing ejecta from the surface of a neutron star. The decompression is triggered by a violent phase transition to strange quark matter (quark-nova scenario). The presence of neutron-rich large Z nuclei (40,95)<(Z,A)<(70,177), the large neutron-to-seed ratio, and the low electron fraction Ye ~ 0.03 in the decompressing ejecta present favorable conditions for the r-process. We perform network calculations that are adapted to the quark-nova conditions, and which mimic usual (n-\\gamma) equilibrium r-process calculations during the initially cold decompression phase. They match to dynamical r-process calculations at densities below neutron drip (4x10^11 g/cc). We present results for the final element abundance distribution with and without heating from nuclear reactions, and compare to the solar abundance pattern of r-process elements. We highlight the distinguishing features of quark-novae by contrasting it with conv...

  1. Complications of cranioplasty after decompressive craniectomy

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    Maša Glišović

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Cranioplasty is a surgical repair of a defect or deformity of a skull with the use of autologous bone or synthetic materials.[4] It usually follows decompressive craniectomy, which is a commonly practiced neurosurgical intervention in patients with raised intracranial pressure unresponsive to other forms of treatment.[1] There are many conditions that may lead to intracranial hypertension, and the goal is to avoid brain necrosis caused by compartment pressure syndrome.[2] Consequently, the extensive use of decompressive craniectomy directly results in more cranioplasties, which sometimes present with unwanted complications.[5] Generally, the occurence of cranioplasty complications is between 16% and 34%.[3] Because of the many indications for craniectomy based on clinical data that speak in its favour, if will probably remain a relatively common neurosurgical intervention also in the future. The frequency of decompressive craniectomy and consequently of cranioplasty requires awareness of the many potential postoperative complications and understanding of its evolution. This article is a review of pathophysiological mechanisms after decompressive craniectomy and cranioplasty, of its complications and factors that potentially contribute to their occurence.

  2. A Pottery Electric Kiln Using Decompression

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    Naoe, Nobuyuki; Yamada, Hirofumi; Nakayama, Tetsuo; Nakayama, Minoru; Minamide, Akiyuki; Takemata, Kazuya

    This paper presents a novel type electric kiln which fires the pottery using the decompression. The electric kiln is suitable for the environment and the energy saving as the pottery furnace. This paper described the baking principle and the baking characteristic of the novel type electric kiln.

  3. [Ethmoidal mucocele after transpalpebral bony orbital decompression].

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    Gire, J; Facon, F; Guigou, S; Fauquier, S; Malet, T

    2012-10-01

    We report a case of a late ethmoidal mucocele occurring after transpalpebral bony orbital decompression. A 39-year-old man presented with a recurrence of a right-sided proptosis without signs of orbital inflammation. The patient had undergone bilateral transpalpebral bony orbital decompression for dysthyroid orbitopathy 2 years prior. Orbital CT scan showed a large mucocele in the supero-lateral right ethmoidal sinus with lateral extension to the medial rectus. The patient was therefore referred to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon, who performed an anterior ethmoidectomy with marsupialization and drainage of the mucocele via an endoscopic approach. A complete postoperative resolution of proptosis was observed without recurrence of the mucocele to date, approximately 6 months postoperative. Sinus complications occurring after orbital decompression may include sinusitis, hematoma, imploding antrum syndrome and mucoceles. Recurrent proptosis secondary to an ethmoidal mucocele is a rare event after bony orbital decompression surgery, with only two cases reported in the international literature. Management requires ophthalmologic diagnosis and collaboration between the ophthalmologist and otorhinolaryngologist. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  4. Decompression Sickness Risk Versus Time and Altitude

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    M, Wiegman J, Pilmanis exposure at 22,500 ft (Fig. 1-2) should raise AA. Prebreathe enhancement with concern since that level of decompression is...Andrew A. P11manis in a research phyniologist 2. Fischer MO, Wiegman JF, McLean SA, Olson Andrew A. ihi ish resiarch poycioo SRM. Evaluation of four

  5. Spontaneous extracranial decompression of epidural hematoma

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    Neely, John C. [Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington, WV (United States); Jones, Blaise V. [Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Cincinnati, OH (United States); Crone, Kerry R. [Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Division of Neurosurgery, Cincinnati, OH (United States)

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    Epidural hematoma (EDH) is a common sequela of head trauma in children. An increasing number are managed nonsurgically, with close clinical and imaging observation. We report the case of a traumatic EDH that spontaneously decompressed into the subgaleal space, demonstrated on serial CT scans that showed resolution of the EDH and concurrent enlargement of the subgaleal hematoma. (orig.)

  6. Incarcerated inferior lumbar (Petit's) hernia.

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    Astarcioğlu, H; Sökmen, S; Atila, K; Karademir, S

    2003-09-01

    Petit's hernia is an uncommon abdominal wall defect in the inferior lumbar triangle. Colonic incarceration through the inferior lumbar triangle, which causes mechanical obstructive symptoms, necessitates particular diagnostic and management strategy. We present a rare case of inferior lumbar hernia, leading to mechanical bowel obstruction, successfully treated with prosthetic mesh reinforcement repair.

  7. MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY IN THE NUEVO HOSPITAL CIVIL DE GUADALAJARA "DR. JUAN I. MENCHACA"

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: To describe our experience on a case series treated with minimal invasive techniques in spine surgery, with short-term follow-up and identify complications. Methods: A prospective analysis was performed on 116 patients operated on by the same team from September 2015 to June 2016. Evaluating the short-term follow-up we registered the surgical time, bleeding, complications, hospital stay, pre- and postoperatively neurological status, as well as scales of disability and quality of life. Demographic and surgical procedure data were analyzed with SPSS version 20 program. Results: A total of 116 patients with a mean age of 49.7 + 15.7 (21-85 years underwent surgery being 76 (65% with lumbar conditions and 37 (32% with cervical conditions. The most common procedures were tubular discectomies (31, tubular bilateral decompression (17, lumbar MI-TLIFs (7, and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (35. The mean blood loss was 50.6 cc, the hospital stay was 1.7 day, pre- and postoperative pain VAS were 7.4 % and 2.3%, respectively, pre- and postoperative Oswestry (ODI were 64.6% and 13.1%, respectively, pre- and postoperative SF-36 of 37.8% and 90.3%. There were no major complications, except for a surgical wound infection in diabetic patient and three incidental durotomies, one of these being a contained fistula, treated conservatively. Conclusions: The current tendency towards minimally invasive surgery has been justified on multiple studies in neoplastic and degenerative diseases, with the preservation of the structures that support the spine biomechanics. The benefits should not replace the primary objectives of surgery and its usefulness depends on the skills of the surgeon, pathology and the adequate selection of the techniques. We found that the tubular access allows developing techniques such as discectomy, corpectomy and fusion without limiting exposure, avoiding manipulation of adjacent structures, reducing complications and

  8. OPERATIVE TREATMENT FOR DEGENERATIVE LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS

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    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available Background. Degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (DLSS is a common cause of low back and leg pain in the elderly. Conservative treatment seldom results in sustained improvement.Methods. Fifty-six patients (33 women, 23 men older than 50 years (mean 67 years, range 51 to 82 years and with no prior low back surgery were treated from 1993 to 1999 for clinical and radiologic evidence of DLSS. The goal of this study was to describe the results of decompressive laminectomy with or without fusion in terms of reoperation, severity of back pain, leg pain and patient satisfaction. Answers to Swiss spinal stenosis questionnaires completed before surgery and one to five years afterwards were evaluated. Seven patients (12.5% with degenerative spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and/or more radical facetectomies received fusion.Results. Of the 56 patients in the original cohort, two were deceased and two had undergone reoperation by follow-up. Forty-eight patients answered questionnaires. Average duration of follow-up was 2.5 years. More than 70 percent of the respondents had no or only mild back or buttock pain at follow-up and more than 60 percent were able to walk more than 500 m. Added fusion reduced the incidence of low back pain and pain frequency, and increased walking distance (ANOVA.Conclusions. Eighty-one percent of patients were satisfied with the results of surgery and 87.5% would choose to have the operation again if they had the choice. Decompressive laminectomy for DLSS yields best results if instrumented fusion is included in the procedure.

  9. Pictorial essay: Role of ultrasound in failed carpal tunnel decompression

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    Rajesh Botchu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available USG has been used for the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. Scarring and incomplete decompression are the main causes for persistence or recurrence of symptoms. We performed a retrospective study to assess the role of ultrasound in failed carpal tunnel decompression. Of 422 USG studies of the wrist performed at our center over the last 5 years, 14 were for failed carpal tunnel decompression. Scarring was noted in three patients, incomplete decompression in two patients, synovitis in one patient, and an anomalous muscle belly in one patient. No abnormality was detected in seven patients. We present a pictorial review of USG findings in failed carpal tunnel decompression.

  10. Degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis: cohort of 670 patients, and proposal of a new classification.

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    Gille, O; Challier, V; Parent, H; Cavagna, R; Poignard, A; Faline, A; Fuentes, S; Ricart, O; Ferrero, E; Ould Slimane, M

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    Degenerative spondylolisthesis is common in adults. No consensus is available about the analysis or surgical treatment of degenerative spondylolisthesis. In 2013, the French Society for Spine Surgery (Societe francaise de chirurgie du rachis) held a round table discussion to develop a classification system and assess the outcomes of the main surgical treatments. A multicentre study was conducted in nine centres located throughout France and Luxembourg. We established a database on a prospective cohort of 260 patients included between July 2011 and July 2012 and a retrospective cohort of 410 patients included in personal databases between 2009 and 2013. For patients in the prospective cohort clinical assessments were performed before and after surgery using the self-administered functional impact questionnaire AQS, SF12, and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI). Type of treatment and complications were recorded. Antero-posterior and lateral full-length radiographs were used to measure lumbar lordosis (LL), segmental lordosis (SL), pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilt (PT), sagittal vertical axis (SVA), and percentage of vertebral slippage. Mean follow-up was 10 months. We started a randomised clinical trial comparing posterior fusion of degenerative spondylolisthesis with versus without an inter-body cage. 60 patients were included, 30 underwent 180° fusion and 30 underwent 360° fusion using an inter-body cage implanted via a transforaminal approach. We evaluated the quality of neural decompression achieved by minimally invasive fusion technique. In a subgroup of 24 patients computed tomography (CT) was performed before and after the procedure and then compared. Mean age was 67 years and 73% of degenerative spondylolisthesis were located at L4-L5 level. The many surgical procedures performed in the prospective cohort were posterior fusion (39%), posterior fusion combined with inter-body fusion (36%), dynamic stabilization (15%), anterior lumbar fusion (8%), and postero

  11. Surgical treatment of low lumbar osteoporotic vertebral collapse: a single-institution experience.

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    Nakajima, Hideaki; Uchida, Kenzo; Honjoh, Kazuya; Sakamoto, Takumi; Kitade, Makoto; Baba, Hisatoshi

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    Low lumbar osteoporotic vertebral collapse (OVC) has not been well documented compared with OVC of the thoracolumbar spine. The differences between low lumbar and thoracolumbar lesions should be studied to provide better treatment. The aim of this study was to clarify the clinical and imaging features as well as outcomes of low lumbar OVC and to discuss the appropriate surgical treatment. Thirty patients (10 men; 20 women; mean age 79.3 ± 4.7 years [range 70-88 years]) with low lumbar OVC affecting levels below L-3 underwent surgical treatment. The clinical symptoms, morphological features of affected vertebra, sagittal spinopelvic alignment, neurological status before and after surgery, and surgical procedures were reviewed at a mean follow-up period of 2.4 years. The main clinical symptom was radicular leg pain. Most patients had old compression fractures at the thoracolumbar level. The affected vertebra was flat-type and concave or H-shaped type, not wedge type as often found in thoracolumbar OVC. There were mismatches between pelvic incidence and lumbar lordosis on plain radiographs. On CT and MR images, foraminal stenosis was seen in 18 patients (60%) and canal stenosis in 24 patients (80%). Decompression with short fusion using a posterior approach was performed. Augmentations of vertebroplasty, posterolateral fusion, and posterior lumbar interbody fusion were performed based on the presence/absence of local kyphosis of lumbar spine, cleft formation, and/or intervertebral instability. Although the neurological and visual analog scale scores improved postoperatively, 8 patients (26.7%) developed postoperative complications mainly related to instrumentation failure. In patients with postoperative complications, lumbar spine bone mineral density was significantly low, but the spinopelvic alignment showed no correlation when compared with those without complications. The main types of low lumbar OVC were flat-type and concave type, which resulted in neurological

  12. Clinical and surgical outcomes after lumbar laminectomy: An analysis of 500 patients

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    Mohamad Bydon

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The objective of this study is to determine the clinical and surgical outcomes following lumbar laminectomy. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed medical records of neurosurgical patients who underwent first-time, bilateral, 1-3 level laminectomies for degenerative lumbar disease. Patients with discectomy, complete facetectomy, and fusion were excluded. Results: Five hundred patients were followed for an average of 46.79 months. Following lumbar laminectomy, patients experienced statistically significant improvement in back pain, neurogenic claudication, radiculopathy, weakness, and sensory deficits. The rate of intraoperative durotomy was 10.00%; however, 1.60% experienced a postoperative cerebrospinal fluid leak. The risk of experiencing at least one postoperative complication with a lumbar laminectomy was 5.60%. Seventy-two patients (14.40% required reoperations for progression of degenerative disease over a mean of 3.40 years. The most common symptoms prior to reoperation included back pain (54.17%, radiculopathy (47.22%, weakness (18.06%, sensory deficit (15.28%, and neurogenic claudication (19.44%. The relative risk of reoperation for patients with postoperative back pain was 6.14 times higher than those without postoperative back pain (P < 0.001. Of the 72 patients undergoing reoperations, 55.56% underwent decompression alone, while 44.44% underwent decompression and posterolateral fusions. When considering all-time reoperations, the lifetime risk of requiring a fusion after a lumbar laminectomy based on this study (average follow-up of 46.79 months was 8.0%. Conclusion: Patients experienced statistically significant improvements in back pain, neurogenic claudication, radiculopathy, motor weakness, and sensory deficit following lumbar laminectomy. Incidental durotomy rate was 10.00%. Following a first-time laminectomy, the reoperation rate was 14.4% over a mean of 3.40 years.

  13. RISK FACTORS OF PEDICLE FIXATION INSTABILITY AT PATIENTS WITH DEGENERATIVE LUMBAR SPINE PATHOLOGY

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    Full Text Available Objective. To assess risk factors оf pedicle screw instability after decompression and fusion in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disease.Materials and methods. This is a prospective non-randomized study, the results of 130 surgical interventions with pedicle instrumentation in patients with degenerative lumbar spine diseases were studied. Minimal follow up period accounts for 18 months. Before intervention computed tomography (CT was applied and cancellous bone radiodensity was measured.Patients were treated with nerve root decompression and pedicle screw fixation stand-alone or with lumbar interbody fusion. During follow-up period computed tomography was applied and cases with evidence of pedicle screw loosening were detected. Radiodensity of cancellous bone, extension of fixation, extensiveness of decompression, application of interbody fusion, incomplete vertebra body reduction and heterogeneity of studied group were taken into account as potential risk factors of implant instability development. The correlation between pedicle screws loosening rate and mentioned predictors was estimated using logistic regression analysis.Results. Radiodensity of vertebra body cancellous bone getting decreased, the increase number of fixed levels and extensiveness of facet joints and ligaments resection are associated with the increased risk of a screw loosening development. Laminectomy, interbody fusion, altered biomechanics associated with incomplete vertebra body reduction and L5–S1 segment included into fixed zone did not have a significant influence on pedicle screws loosening rate. Bias related to heterogeneity of studied group was also insignificant. Goodness-of-fit of estimated general logistic regression model: № 2 = 67,57851; p < 0,0001. This model classified correctly 81,5% cases with sensitivity and specificity of 77,4% and 85,3% respectively.Conclusion. Radiodensity of a vertebra cancellous bone, number of fixed levels and

  14. Early experience with endoscopic lumbar sympathectomy for plantar hyperhidrosis.

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    Singh, Sanjay; Kaur, Simranjit; Wilson, Paul

    2016-05-01

    We describe our endoscopic lumbar sympathectomy technique and our early experience using it to treat plantar hyperhidrosis. We reviewed 20 lumbar sympathectomies performed in our vascular unit for plantar hyperhidrosis in 10 patients from 2011 and 2014. Demographics and outcomes were analyzed and a review of the literature conducted. All procedures were carried out endoscopically with no intraoperative or postoperative morbidity. Plantar anhidrosis was achieved in all the patients, although two patients (20%) suffered a relapse. Unwanted side-effects occurred in the form of compensatory sweating in three patients (30%) and post-sympathectomy neuralgia in two patients (20%). None of the patients experienced sexual dysfunction. Management of plantar hyperhidrosis may be based upon a therapeutic ladder starting with conservative measures and working up to surgery depending on the severity of the disease. Minimally invasive (endoscopic) sympathectomy for the thoracic chain is well established, but minimally invasive sympathectomy for the lumbar chain is a relatively new technique. Endoscopic lumbar sympathectomy provides an effective, minimally invasive method of surgical management, but long-term data are lacking. © 2016 Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery, Asia Endosurgery Task Force and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

  15. Risk factors for acute surgical site infections after lumbar surgery: a retrospective study.

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    Lai, Qi; Song, Quanwei; Guo, Runsheng; Bi, Haidi; Liu, Xuqiang; Yu, Xiaolong; Zhu, Jianghao; Dai, Min; Zhang, Bin

    2017-07-19

    Currently, many scholars are concerned about the treatment of postoperative infection; however, few have completed multivariate analyses to determine factors that contribute to the risk of infection. Therefore, we conducted a multivariate analysis of a retrospectively collected database to analyze the risk factors for acute surgical site infection following lumbar surgery, including fracture fixation, lumbar fusion, and minimally invasive lumbar surgery. We retrospectively reviewed data from patients who underwent lumbar surgery between 2014 and 2016, including lumbar fusion, internal fracture fixation, and minimally invasive surgery in our hospital's spinal surgery unit. Patient demographics, procedures, and wound infection rates were analyzed using descriptive statistics, and risk factors were analyzed using logistic regression analyses. Twenty-six patients (2.81%) experienced acute surgical site infection following lumbar surgery in our study. The patients' mean body mass index, smoking history, operative time, blood loss, draining time, and drainage volume in the acute surgical site infection group were significantly different from those in the non-acute surgical site infection group (p surgical site infection group were significantly different than those in the non-acute surgical site infection group (p surgical site infection following lumbar surgery. In order to reduce the risk of infection following lumbar surgery, patients should be evaluated for the risk factors noted above.

  16. Laparoscopic management of inferior lumbar hernia (Petit triangle hernia).

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    Ipek, T; Eyuboglu, E; Aydingoz, O

    2005-05-01

    Lumbar hernias are rare defects in the posterolateral abdominal wall that may be congenital or acquired. We present a case of laparoscopic approach to repair an acquired inferior triangle (Petit) lumbar hernia in a woman by using polytetrafluoroethylene mesh. The size of the hernia was 8 x 10 cm. The length of her hospital stay was 2 days. The patient resumed normal activities in less than 2 weeks. The main advantage of this approach is excellent operative visualization, thus avoiding injury to structures near the hernia during repair. Patients benefit from a minimally invasive approach with less pain, shortened hospital course, less analgesic requirements, better cosmetic result, and minimal life-style interference.

  17. Lumbar hernia: a diagnostic dilemma.

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    Ahmed, Syed Tausif; Ranjan, Rajeeva; Saha, Subhendu Bikas; Singh, Balbodh

    2014-04-15

    Lumbar hernia is one of the rare cases that most surgeons are not exposed to. Hence the diagnosis can be easily missed. This leads to delay in the treatment causing increased morbidity. We report a case of lumbar hernia in a middle-aged woman. It was misdiagnosed as lipoma by another surgeon. It was a case of primary acquired lumbar hernia in the superior lumbar triangle. Clinical and MRI findings were correlated to reach the diagnosis. We also highlight the types, the process of diagnosis and the surgical repair of lumbar hernias. We wish to alert our fellow surgeons to keep the differential diagnosis of the lumbar hernia in mind before diagnosing any lumbar swelling as lipoma.

  18. Epidurography in lumbar spondylolisthesis

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    Johansen, J.G.; Hauge, O.

    1982-04-01

    Seventeen patients with lytic lumbar spondylolisthesis (Meyerding grade I-II) and radicular symptoms were examined by epidurography in addition to radiculomyelography before surgical treatment. Epidurography is considered more suitble than radiculomyelogrphy for assessing this condition because narrowing of the epidural space and compression of the nerve roots, due to osteofibrous changes at the lysis, are more consistently demonstrated.

  19. Variant lumbar pedicle

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    Whelan, M.A.; Feldman, F.

    1982-01-01

    Three cases of aplastic and/or hypoplastic lumbar pedicle are presented and discussed. The importance of plain films, especially the 45/sup 0/ posterior oblique, for making the diagnosis is emphasized. The incidence and embryology of abnormalities of the pedicle are reviewed and the radiological features used to differentiate these congenital abnormalities from neoplasm and trauma are described.

  20. Multimodal evaluation of CSF dynamics following extradural decompression for Chiari malformation Type I.

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    Quon, Jennifer L; Grant, Ryan A; DiLuna, Michael L

    2015-06-01

    OBJECT Extradural decompression is a minimally invasive technique for treating Chiari malformation Type I (CM-I) that avoids the complications of dural opening. While there is no agreement on which surgical method is optimal, mounting evidence demonstrates that extradural decompression effectively treats clinical symptoms, with a minimal reoperation rate. Neurological symptoms such as headache may be related to obstructed flow of CSF, and one aspect of successful extradural decompression is improved CSF dynamics. In this series, the authors report on their use of phase-contrast cine flow MRI to assess CSF flow as well as satisfactory decompression. METHODS The authors describe their first surgical series of 18 patients with CM-I undergoing extradural decompression and correlate clinical improvement with radiological changes. Patients were categorized as having complete, partial, or no resolution of their symptoms. Posterior fossa area, cisterna magna area, and tonsillar herniation were assessed on T2-weighted MRI, whereas improvement of CSF flow was evaluated with phase-contrast cine flow MRI. All patients received standard pre- and postoperative MRI studies; 8 (44.4%) patients had pre- and postoperative phase-contrast cine, while the rest underwent cine studies only postoperatively. RESULTS All 18 patients presented with symptomatic CM-I, with imaging studies demonstrating tonsillar herniation ≥ 5 mm, and 2 patients had associated syringomelia. All patients underwent suboccipital decompression and C-1 laminectomy with splitting of the dura. Patients with complete resolution of their symptoms had a greater relative increase in cisterna magna area compared with those with only partial improvement (p = 0.022). In addition, in those with complete improvement the preoperative cisterna magna area was smaller than in those who had either partial (0.020) or no (0.025) improvement. Ten (91%) of the 11 patients with improved flow also had improvement in their symptoms

  1. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 9: lumbar fusion for stenosis with spondylolisthesis.

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    Resnick, Daniel K; Watters, William C; Sharan, Alok; Mummaneni, Praveen V; Dailey, Andrew T; Wang, Jeffrey C; Choudhri, Tanvir F; Eck, Jason; Ghogawala, Zoher; Groff, Michael W; Dhall, Sanjay S; Kaiser, Michael G

    2014-07-01

    Patients presenting with stenosis associated with a spondylolisthesis will often describe signs and symptoms consistent with neurogenic claudication, radiculopathy, and/or low-back pain. The primary objective of surgery, when deemed appropriate, is to decompress the neural elements. As a result of the decompression, the inherent instability associated with the spondylolisthesis may progress and lead to further misalignment that results in pain or recurrence of neurological complaints. Under these circumstances, lumbar fusion is considered appropriate to stabilize the spine and prevent delayed deterioration. Since publication of the original guidelines there have been a significant number of studies published that continue to support the utility of lumbar fusion for patients presenting with stenosis and spondylolisthesis. Several recently published trials, including the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial, are among the largest prospective randomized investigations of this issue. Despite limitations of study design or execution, these trials have consistently demonstrated superior outcomes when patients undergo surgery, with the majority undergoing some type of lumbar fusion procedure. There is insufficient evidence, however, to recommend a standard approach to achieve a solid arthrodesis. When formulating the most appropriate surgical strategy, it is recommended that an individualized approach be adopted, one that takes into consideration the patient's unique anatomical constraints and desires, as well as surgeon's experience.

  2. The Usefulness of Lumbar Spine MRI for Cauda Equina Syndrome

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    Moon, Tae Yong; Baik, Seong Kug [Dept. of Radiology, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Yangsan(Korea, Republic of); Lee, In Sook [Dept. of Radiology and Medical Research Institite, Pusan National University Hosptal, Pusan (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-05-15

    To understand the usefulness of the lumbar MRI studies to establish therapeutic plans for cauda equina syndrome (CES) including the management of rectal and bladder dysfunction symptoms. We retrospectively reviewed the lumbar MRI studies of 10 patients with CES. Their diagnoses included four adhesive arachnoiditis of cauda equina (CE), three conus medullaris atrophies, three spinal canal stenoses, one tuberculous leptomeningitis, one metastatic tumor on the sacral canal, and one dural arteriovenous fistula with venous congestion of the conus medullaris. In 6 of the 10 total cases the symptoms of rectal and bladder dysfunction were resolved by decompression laminectomies (n=2), irradiation (n=1), glue embolization (n=1), anticholine and steroid infusion (n=1), and anti-tuberculous medication (n=1) within at least 5 days. The 4 other cases were settled by lumboperitoneal shunting and neural stem cell implants. The study results indicate that lumbar MRI is the modality of choice in search for the causative lesion and to subsequently set up the best therapeutic plans for patients with CES.

  3. Treatment of hemimasticatory spasm with microvascular decompression.

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    Wang, Yong-Nan; Dou, Ning-Ning; Zhou, Qiu-Meng; Jiao, Wei; Zhu, Jin; Zhong, Jun; Li, Shi-Ting

    2013-01-01

    Hemimasticatory spasm is a rare disorder characterized by paroxysmal involuntary contraction of the jaw-closing muscles. As the ideology and pathogenesis of the disease are still unclear, there has been no treatment that could give rise to a good outcome so far. Herein, we tried to use surgical management to cure the disease. Six patients with the disease were included in this study. These patients underwent microvascular decompression of the motor fibers of the trigeminal root. After the operation, all faces of the patients felt relaxed at varied degrees, except for 1 patient. Our study showed that microvascular decompression of the trigeminal nerve could lead to a better outcome. However, a control study with a large sample is needed before this technique is widely used.

  4. Use of Temporary Implantable Biomaterials to Reduce Leg Pain and Back Pain in Patients with Sciatica and Lumbar Disc Herniation

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    Gere S. diZerega

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The principle etiology of leg pain (sciatica from lumbar disc herniation is mechanical compression of the nerve root. Sciatica is reduced by decompression of the herniated disc, i.e., removing mechanical compression of the nerve root. Decompression surgery typically reduces sciatica more than lumbar back pain (LBP. Decompression surgery reduces mechanical compression of the nerve root. However, decompression surgery does not directly reduce sensitization of the sensory nerves in the epidural space and disc. In addition, sensory nerves in the annulus fibrosus and epidural space are not protected from topical interaction with pain mediators induced by decompression surgery. The secondary etiology of sciatica from lumbar disc herniation is sensitization of the nerve root. Sensitization of the nerve root results from a mechanical compression, b exposure to cellular pain mediators, and/or c exposure to biochemical pain mediators. Although decompression surgery reduces nerve root compression, sensory nerve sensitization often persists. These observations are consistent with continued exposure of tissue in the epidural space, including the nerve root, to increased cellular and biochemical pain mediators following surgery. A potential contributor to lumbar back pain (LBP is stimulation of sensory nerves in the annulus fibrosus by a cellular pain mediators and/or b biochemical pain mediators that accompany annular tears or disruption. Sensory fibers located in the outer one-third of the annulus fibrosus increase in number and depth as a result of disc herniation. The nucleus pulposus is comprised of material that can produce an autoimmune stimulation of the sensory nerves located in the annulus and epidural space leading to LBP. The sensory nerves of the annulus fibrosus and epidural space may be sensitized by topical exposure to cellular and biochemical pain mediators induced by lumbar surgery. Annulotomy or annular rupture allows the nucleus pulposus

  5. Optic Nerve Decompression for Orbitofrontal Fibrous Dysplasia

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    2002-01-01

    Orbitofrontal fibrous dysplasia often involves the bony orbit and the optic canal. Although fibrous dysplasia reportedly produces compression of the optic nerve leading to visual distrubances, optic nerve decompression in patients without clinical signs of optic neuropathy is still controversial. We describe two patients with orbitofrontal fibrous dysplasia without signs of visual disturbance and one patient with McCune-Albright syndrome and progressive visual impairment. Optic nerve decompre...

  6. Emergency percutaneous needle decompression for tension pneumoperitoneum

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    Körner Markus

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Tension pneumoperitoneum as a complication of iatrogenic bowel perforation during endoscopy is a dramatic condition in which intraperitoneal air under pressure causes hemodynamic and ventilatory compromise. Like tension pneumothorax, urgent intervention is required. Immediate surgical decompression though is not always possible due to the limitations of the preclinical management and sometimes to capacity constraints of medical staff and equipment in the clinic. Methods This is a retrospective analysis of cases of pneumoperitoneum and tension pneumoperitoneum due to iatrogenic bowel perforation. All patients admitted to our surgical department between January 2005 and October 2010 were included. Tension pneumoperitoneum was diagnosed in those patients presenting signs of hemodynamic and ventilatory compromise in addition to abdominal distension. Results Between January 2005 and October 2010 eleven patients with iatrogenic bowel perforation were admitted to our surgical department. The mean time between perforation and admission was 36 ± 14 hrs (range 30 min - 130 hrs, between ER admission and begin of the operation 3 hrs and 15 min ± 47 min (range 60 min - 9 hrs. Three out of eleven patients had clinical signs of tension pneumoperitoneum. In those patients emergency percutaneous needle decompression was performed with a 16G venous catheter. This improved significantly the patients' condition (stabilization of vital signs, reducing jugular vein congestion, bridging the time to the start of the operation. Conclusions Hemodynamical and respiratory compromise in addition to abdominal distension shortly after endoscopy are strongly suggestive of tension pneumoperitoneum due to iatrogenic bowel perforation. This is a rare but life threatening condition and it can be managed in a preclinical and clinical setting with emergency percutaneous needle decompression like tension pneumothorax. Emergency percutaneous decompression is no

  7. Recreational technical diving part 2: decompression from deep technical dives.

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    Doolette, David J; Mitchell, Simon J

    2013-06-01

    Technical divers perform deep, mixed-gas 'bounce' dives, which are inherently inefficient because even a short duration at the target depth results in lengthy decompression. Technical divers use decompression schedules generated from modified versions of decompression algorithms originally developed for other types of diving. Many modifications ostensibly produce shorter and/or safer decompression, but have generally been driven by anecdote. Scientific evidence relevant to many of these modifications exists, but is often difficult to locate. This review assembles and examines scientific evidence relevant to technical diving decompression practice. There is a widespread belief that bubble algorithms, which redistribute decompression in favour of deeper decompression stops, are more efficient than traditional, shallow-stop, gas-content algorithms, but recent laboratory data support the opposite view. It seems unlikely that switches from helium- to nitrogen-based breathing gases during ascent will accelerate decompression from typical technical bounce dives. However, there is evidence for a higher prevalence of neurological decompression sickness (DCS) after dives conducted breathing only helium-oxygen than those with nitrogen-oxygen. There is also weak evidence suggesting less neurological DCS occurs if helium-oxygen breathing gas is switched to air during decompression than if no switch is made. On the other hand, helium-to-nitrogen breathing gas switches are implicated in the development of inner-ear DCS arising during decompression. Inner-ear DCS is difficult to predict, but strategies to minimize the risk include adequate initial decompression, delaying helium-to-nitrogen switches until relatively shallow, and the use of the maximum safe fraction of inspired oxygen during decompression.

  8. Optic nerve decompression for orbitofrontal fibrous dysplasia.

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    Abe, Takumi; Sato, Kaneshige; Otsuka, Takaharu; Kawamura, Noriyoshi; Shimazu, Motohiko; Izumiyama, Hitoshi; Matsumoto, Kiyoshi

    2002-08-01

    Orbitofrontal fibrous dysplasia often involves the bony orbit and the optic canal. Although fibrous dysplasia reportedly produces compression of the optic nerve leading to visual distrubances, optic nerve decompression in patients without clinical signs of optic neuropathy is still controversial. We describe two patients with orbitofrontal fibrous dysplasia without signs of visual disturbance and one patient with McCune-Albright syndrome and progressive visual impairment. Optic nerve decompression was performed prophylactically for two patients and therapeutically for one patient through the transcranial extradural route. Dystopias and craniofacial deformities induced by fibrous dysplasia also were corrected. The micropressure suction-irrigation system was especially effective for decreasing heat transfer and thereby preventing thermal injury of the optic nerve. The orbitofrontal area was reconstructed from cranial bone, iliac bone, and ribs. Postoperative follow-up revealed no disturbances in visual function and no evidence of cerebrospinal fluid leakage. These findings suggest that optic nerve decompression may be effective in preventing visual disturbances with minimal risk of other neurological sequelae. Subsequent orbital reconstruction yielded satisfactory cosmetic results.

  9. 应用改良AF脊柱内固定系统经皮微创内固定治疗胸腰椎压缩骨折%The Application of Improved AF Spinal Internal Fixation System With Percutaneous Minimally Invasive Internal Fixation for the Treatment of Thoracic and Lumbar Vertebral Compression Fracture

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    李晓龙; 王志军

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore the efficacy of the AF spinal internal fixation system with percutaneous minimally invasive internal fixation for the treatment of thoracic and lumbar vertebral compression fracture. Methods Collected in our hospital 48 cases of thoracolumbar compression fractures, application of improved percutaneous minimally invasive internal fixation of AF spinal internal fixation system in the treatment of thoracolumbar compression fractures, postoperative review X-ray for curative effect analysis. Results 48 cases of compression injury vertebral height of vertebral body than preoperative obviously restoration, 90%of the average recovery to normal height of vertebral body Conclusion Application of improved percutaneous minimally invasive internal ifxation of AF spinal internal fixation system in the treatment of thoracolumbar compression fractures curative effect is distinct.%目的:探讨应用AF脊柱内固定系统经皮微创内固定治疗胸腰椎压缩骨折的疗效。方法收集本院48例胸腰椎压缩骨折,应用改良AF脊柱内固定系统经皮微创内固定治疗胸腰椎压缩骨折,术后复查X片进行疗效分析。结果48例压缩的伤椎椎体高度比术前明显得到恢复,平均恢复至正常椎体高度的90%。结论应用改良AF脊柱内固定系统经皮微创内固定治疗胸腰椎压缩骨折疗效显著。

  10. Posterior lumbar interbody fusion using one diagonal fusion cage with transpedicular screw/rod fixation.

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    Zhao, Jie; Hou, Tiesheng; Wang, Xinwei; Ma, Shengzhong

    2003-04-01

    months postoperatively by the same assessor and put into four categories: excellent, good, fair, and poor. Operative time, blood loss, hospital expense, and complications were also recorded. All patients achieved successful radiographic fusion at 2 years, and this was achieved at 1 year in 25 out of 27 patients. At 2 years, clinical results were excellent in 15 patients, good in 10, fair in 1, and poor in 1. Regarding complications, one patient had a postoperative motor and sensory deficit of the nerve root. Reoperation was required in one patient due to migration of pedicle screws. No implant fractures or deformities occurred in any of the patients. PLIF using diagonal insertion of a single threaded cage with supplemental transpedicular screw/rod instrumentation enables sufficient decompression and solid interbody fusion to be achieved with minimal invasion of the posterior spinal elements. It is a clinically safer, easier, and more economical means of accomplishing PLIF.

  11. Lumbar facet syndromes.

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    Beresford, Zach M; Kendall, Richard W; Willick, Stuart E

    2010-01-01

    Low back pain is a common presenting complaint to sports medicine providers. The lumbar spine is a complex anatomic structure with multiple potential pain generators. Epidemiologic studies have shown that the intervertebral disc is the most common pain generator in all patients with low back pain. The facet joints may account for 15%-40% of low back pain. It can be challenging at times to establish a firm diagnosis of facet pain. Facet pain can have different presentations, and pain emanating from other lumbopelvic structures can present similarly as facet joint pain. This article reviews the anatomy and biomechanics of the lumbar facet joints, presenting symptoms and physical examination findings seen with facet pain. We also will discuss diagnostic and treatment paradigms that are helpful to the clinician treating low back pain in athletes.

  12. Lumbar-sacral dysplasias

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    Schumacher, M.; Thron, A.

    1984-09-01

    By means of some selected examples, the myelographic and CT characteristics are presentated of different lumbar-sacral dysplasias. The advantage of the different methods of examination (CT, CT myelography and myelography) and the improved presentation of pathological-anatomical details by means of a combination of these methods in the diagnosis of hyperplasia of the filum terminale, diastematomyelia, tethered conus, intracorporal and anterior sacral meningocele have been shown.

  13. Electrodiagnosis of lumbar radiculopathy.

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    Barr, Karen

    2013-02-01

    The evaluation of patients with suspected lumbar radiculopathy is one of the most common reasons patients are referred for electrodiagnostic testing. The utility of this study depends on the expertise of the physician who plans, performs, and completes the study. This article reviews the strengths and weaknesses of electrodiagnosis to make this diagnosis, as well as the clinical reasoning of appropriate study planning. The current use of electrodiagnostic testing to determine prognosis and treatment outcomes is also discussed.

  14. Fracture of posterior margin of lumbar vertebral body

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    Krishnan Ajay

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Avulsion or fracture of posterior ring apophysis of lumbar vertebra is not a common clinical entity and is missed often. These fractures are mostly traumatic lesions typically seen in adolescents and young adults, because fusion in this area is not complete until the age of 18 to 25 years. These fractures are occult on plain radiographs and are frequently missed due to unfamiliarity with the entity. But, CT scanning and MR imaging shows characteristic picture. Methods: We had 21 cases of fracture of posterior margin of a lumbar vertebral body from 1991 to 2002. Fracture in all patients were classified according to CT imaging, into the three types described by Takata et al. Out of these, 8 patients were of type I, 4 patients of type II and 9 patients of type III respectively. Focal deficit / muscle weakness was present in only three patients. No fractures of type IV (Epstein et al was found. Twelve patients were treated conservatively and 9 patients were treated by posterior decompression with total laminectomy and removal of retropulsed fragment and discectomy. Results: The mean follow-up period was of 42 months. Conventional radiography could locate the fracture in only 6 cases and CT scan was required in all cases for stamping the diagnosis and classification. Though it is uncommon, high index of suspicion is required to diagnose it, in especially adolescent patients. All the 21 patients had good outcome following the management. Conclusion: Avulsion or fracture of posterior margin of lumbar vertebral body is not so rare entity. In children and young adults diagnosed as having lumbar disc herniation, this lesion may be the proper diagnosis. These fractures need to be accurately diagnosed because as compared to simple disc herniations these fractures require more extensive exposure and resection to relieve the nerve impingent.

  15. Haemostasis and safety measures before lumbar puncture in the haematology ward

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    Møller, Anders; Bjerrum, Ole Weis; Afshari, Arash

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND/AIMS: Thrombocytopenia and the increasing use and variety of antithrombotic drugs is a challenge prior to lumbar puncture. This study examined the Danish haematology practice regarding drug pausation, assessment of haemostasis and whether fundoscopy is a routine safety measure. METHODS...... national guidelines are warranted and there is a need for studies to establish an evidence-based approach for the management of patients at risk of bleeding when lumbar puncture or another invasive procedure is indicated....

  16. Lateral Surgical Approach to Lumbar Intervertebral Discs in an Ovine Model

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    David Oehme; Tony Goldschlager; Jeffrey Rosenfeld; Andrew Danks; Peter Ghosh; Anne Gibbon; Graham Jenkin

    2012-01-01

    The sheep is becoming increasingly used as a large animal model for preclinical spine surgery studies. Access to the ovine lumbar intervertebral discs has traditionally been via an anterior or anterolateral approach, which requires larger wound incisions and, at times, significant abdominal retraction. We present a new minimally invasive operative technique for a far-lateral approach to the ovine lumbar spine that allows for smaller incisions, excellent visualisation of intervertebral discs,...

  17. Sympathetic radiofrequency neurolysis for unilateral lumbar hyperhidrosis: a case report.

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    Aşik, Züleyha Soytürk; Orbey, Başak Ceyda; Aşik, Ibrahim

    2008-07-01

    Patients with hyperhidrosis suffer from physical, social and mental discomfort which often cannot be treated sufficiently using conservative measures. A new percutaneous approach to sympathectomy using radiofrequency denervation has seemed to offer longer duration of action and less incidence of post sympathetic neuralgia. This article reports the authors' experience with sympathetic RF neurolysis in a 35 year old male with right unilateral lumbar hyperhidrosis. Under scopy guided localization of the lumbar spine sympathetic blockade with local anesthetics to L2-5 vertebral levels were performed as a diagnostic block. Lesion effectiveness is monitored by bilateral feet skin temperature measurement. Clinical effects produced by the first sympathetic ganglion block were sustained for 1 week and then RF neurolysis of lumbar sympathetic ganglion was performed to the same levels for a longer effect. The procedure was accomplished within 30 minutes and the patient was discharged within 2 hours after the procedure. Hyperhidrosis was relieved after the procedure and there were no postsympathectomy neuralgia and sexual dysfunction. The patient obtained improvement of lumbar hyperhidrosis at his first month of follow- up and was satisfied with the outcome. In conclusion, RF neurolysis of lumbar sympathetic ganglions is a safe and effective palliative procedure with minimal invasiveness for relieving excessive sweat secretion in patients with localized hyperhidrosis.

  18. Effects of interspinous spacers on lumbar degenerative disease.

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    Zhou, Dong; Nong, Lu-Ming; DU, Rui; Gao, Gong-Ming; Jiang, Yu-Qing; Xu, Nan-Wei

    2013-03-01

    The present study aimed to evaluate the early effects of interspinous spacers on lumbar degenerative disease. The clinical outcomes of 23 patients with lumbar degenerative disease, treated using interspinous spacer implantation alone or combined with posterior lumbar fusion, were retrospectively studied and assessed with a visual analogue scale (VAS) and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI). Pre-operative and post-operative interspinous distance, disc space height, foraminal width and height and segmental lordosis were determined. The early effects and complications associated with the interspinous spacers were recorded. The surgical procedures performed with the in-space treatment were easy and minimally invasive. The VAS scores and ODI were improved post-operatively compared with pre-operatively. Significant changes in the interspinous distance, disc space height, foraminal width and height and segmental lordosis were noted. In-space treatment for degenerative lumbar disease is easy and safe, with good early effects. The in-space system provides an alternative treatment for lumbar degenerative disease.

  19. Transcaruncular Medial Wall Orbital Decompression: An Effective Approach for Patients with Unilateral Graves Ophthalmopathy

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    Robert H. Hill

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate the reduction in proptosis, incidence of postoperative diplopia, and postoperative globe symmetry after transcaruncular medial wall decompression in patients with unilateral Graves ophthalmopathy. Methods. Retrospective review of 16 consecutive patients who underwent unilateral transcaruncular medial wall orbital decompression from 1995 to 2007. The diagnosis of Graves ophthalmopathy was based on history and clinical findings including proptosis, lagophthalmos, lid retraction, motility restriction, and systemic thyroid dysfunction. Results. The mean reduction in proptosis was 2.3 mm. The mean difference in exophthalmometry preoperatively between the two eyes in each patient was 3.1 mm whereas postoperatively the mean difference was 1.1 mm (P=0.0002. Eleven of 16 patients (69% had 1 mm or less of asymmetry postoperatively. There was no statistically significant difference in the incidence of diplopia pre- and postoperatively (P=1.0. Conclusions. Medial wall orbital decompression is a safe and practical surgical approach for patients with unilateral Graves orbitopathy. The procedure carries a low risk of morbidity and yields anatomic retrusion of the globe that is comparable to other more invasive methods and may yield more symmetric postoperative results.

  20. A novel minimally invasive percutaneous facet augmentation device for the treatment of lumbar radiculopathy and axial back pain: technical description, surgical technique and case presentations Un nuevo dispositivo percutáneo mínimamente invasivo de aumento facetáreo para el tratamiento de radiculopatía lumbar y dolor axial lumbar: descripción técnica, técnica quirúrgica y presentación de casos Um novo dispositivo percutâneo minimamente invasivo de aumento facetário para o tratamento da radiculopatia lombar e dor axial lombar: descrição técnica, técnica cirúrgica e apresentação de casos

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    Larry T. Khoo

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: to describe a new posterior minimally invasive method of facet stabilization for treatment of the degenerating lumbar motion segment. The biomechanics of this Percudyn (Interventional Spine; Irvine, CA system are distinct from that of other interspinous dynamic stabilization systems as it acts bilaterally directly within the middle column of the spine. Based on biomechanical evalution, the paired prosthesis supports, cushions, and reinforces the facet complexes by limiting both extension and lateral bending thereby maintaining central and foraminal volumes. METHODS: the Percudyn device consists of a pedicle anchor upon which sits a cushioning polycarbonate-urethane stabilizer that serves as a mechanically reinforcing stop between the inferior and superior articular facets. A 1.5 cm skin incision is made bilaterally over the lower pedicle of the treated segment through which a Jamshidi needle is percutaneously targeted under biplanar fluoroscopic guidance into the caudal aspect of the superior articular process directly underneath the lip of the inferior facet from the level above. Progressive onestep tubular dilation is then performed to secure a small disposable working portal. Through this access, the Percudyn stabilizers are then placed over the wire and anchored bilaterally into the inferior pedicles of the degenerated motion segment. RESULTS: three patients (ages 26-41, male with significant low back pain as well as radiculopathy with lateral recess stenosis from a large disc herniation/ ligamentum and facet hypertrophy (L4-5 and/or L5-S1 underwent a minimally invasive decompression/ discectomy and bilateral Percudyn placement at each disease level. Each patient had significant relief of both his radiculopathy and axial back pain post-operatively and was discharged home within 18 hours without sequelae. CONCLUSION: this novel technique of percutaneous posterior facet augmentation allows for safe placement of bilateral middle

  1. Endoscopic optic nerve decompression for nontraumatic compressive optic neuropathy

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    Cheng-long REN

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Objective To describe the preliminary experience with endoscopic optic nerve decompression (EOND for nontraumatic compressive optic neuropathies (NCONs. Methods The clinical data of 10 patients, male 5 and female 5, with a mean age of 44.3±5.1 years, who underwent EOND for visual loss (n=5 or visual deterioration (n=5 due to tumor compression in General Hospital of Armed Police Forces of China in the period from April 2013 to April 2014 were analyzed retrospectively. Preoperative and 6-month-postoperative clinical and imaging data of these patients were reviewed and analyzed. Results Among 5 patients who lost light perception (including 2 patients with bilateral optic nerve compression before operation, 4 of them showed visual improvement to different degrees on the 7th day after operation (with improvement of bilateral visual acuity. The other 5 patients with visual impairment before operation recovered their visual acuity to different extent after the operation. All of the patients had no obvious post-operative complications. Conclusion EOND is a safe, effective, and minimally invasive surgical technique affording recovery of visual function to NCON patients. DOI: 10.11855/j.issn.0577-7402.2015.11.12

  2. 经多裂肌与竖脊肌间隙入路行微创经椎间孔腰椎间融合术的前瞻性研究%A prospective study of minimally invasive surgery transforminal lumbar intgerbody fusion through multifidus and sacrospinal muscular approach

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    梁安靖; 彭焰; 叶伟; 贺宪; 连成杰; 梁国彦; 黄东生

    2012-01-01

      目的探讨经多裂肌与竖脊肌间隙入路行微创经椎间孔腰椎间融合术(MIS-TLIF)治疗腰椎间盘退变性疾病的疗效.方法前瞻性分析2010年4月至2010年10月中山大学附属孙逸仙纪念医院收治的62例腰椎间盘退变性疾病患者的临床资料,采用随机数字表法将患者分为TLIF组(采用后路正中入路TLIF术,30例)和MIS-TLIF组(采用经多裂肌与竖脊肌间隙入路行MIS-TLIF,32例),比较两组患者的一般资料、围手术期情况、视觉模拟评分(VAS)及多裂肌MRI信号的改变.结果TLIF组、MIS-TLIF组平均手术时间分别为(110±20)、(100±35)min/节段(P>0.05);术中平均出血量分别为(420±110)、(300±40)mL(P0.05).结论MIS-TLIF可减少脊柱后部肌肉损伤,加速腰痛的恢复,近期效果较好.%  Objective To evaluate the clinical effects of minimally invasive surgery transforminal lumbar intgerbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) through multifidus and sacrospinal muscular approach for lumbar degenerative disc diseases. Methods The prospective study involved 62 patients with degenerative lumbar diseases were treated by MIS-TLIF using multifidus and sacrospinal muscular approach or transforminal lumbar intgerbody fusion (TLIF) through posterior approach at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University from April 2010 to October 2010. These patients were randomized into TLIF group (n = 30) and MIS-TLIF group (n = 32). The general information, symptoms of peri-operation period, visual analogue scale (VAS), and MRI signal changes of multifidus muscles were evaluated. Results The average operation time of the TLIF group and MIS-TLIF group were (110 ± 20), (100 ± 35) min/segment (P >0.05), the blood loss were (420 ± 110), (300 ± 40) mL (P 0.05). Conclusion MIS-TLIF with multifidus and sacrospinal muscular approach provides ideal short-term clinical effects because it can reduce spinal posterior muscles damage and accelerate recovery of low back pain.

  3. Advances in microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm

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    Zhiqiang Cui; Zhipei Ling

    2015-01-01

    Primary hemifacial spasm (HFS) is a disorder that causes frequent involuntary contractions in the muscles on one side of the face, due to a blood vessel compressing the nerve at its root exit zone (REZ) from the brainstem. Numerous prospective and retrospective case series have confirmed the efficacy of microvascular decompression (MVD) of the facial nerve in patients with HFS. However, while MVD is effective, there are still significant postoperative complications. In this paper, recent technological advances related to MVD (such as lateral spread response, brainstem auditory evokes potential, three dimensional time of flight magnetic resonance angiography, intraoperative neuroendoscopy) are reviewed for the purposes of improving MVD treatment efficacy and reducing postoperative complications.

  4. 77 FR 74193 - Request for Information on Edel-Kindwall Caisson Tables for Preventing Decompression Illness in...

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    ... environmental pressure (decompression). The release of nitrogen bubbles into blood or tissues can result in... environmental ambient pressure (decompressed) in decompression areas. Decompression tables generally utilize...). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: High pressure tunneling operations are used for some underground infrastructure...

  5. Tuberculous lumbar arachnoiditis mimicking conus cauda tumor: A case report and review of literature

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    Subhas K Konar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculous spinal arachnoiditis involving cauda equina is rare. A patient with lumbar tuberculous arachnoiditis in the absence of both vertebral and meningeal tuberculosis, which was mimicking spinal intradural extramedullary tumor is described here. Diagnosis was made based on intraoperative findings and was confirmed by histopathology. Surgical decompression along with a combination of steroid and antitubercular therapy resulted in a good outcome. At 3 months follow-up, the patient regained bladder control and was able to walk with support. Clinical features, magnetic resonance imaging, and intraoperative findings are described. Pathology and the relevant literature are discussed. Based on the patient′s clinical and radiologic findings, it was believed that the patient had a conus cauda tumor and was operated on. Histologic examination of the mass revealed tuberculoma. Surgical decompression followed by antituberculosis medication resulted in good outcome. Hence tuberculous arachnoiditis should be considered in differential diagnosis of conus cauda tumors.

  6. Pulmonary edema following lumbar puncture

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    Full Text Available In a boy of 17 years with disseminated tuberculosis, sudden onset of pulmonary edema following lumbar puncture is described. Possible pat ho-mechanisms have been discussed. The link bet-ween the lumbar puncture and the development of pulmonary edema is not casual.

  7. Trunk muscle response to various protocols of lumbar traction.

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    Cholewicki, Jacek; Lee, Angela S; Reeves, N Peter; Calle, Elizabeth A

    2009-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare trunk muscle activity, spinal decompression force, and trunk flexibility resulting from various protocols of spinal traction. Four experiments explored the effects of (1) sinusoidal, triangular, square, and continuous distraction-force waveforms, (2) 0, 10, 20, and 30 degrees of pull angle, (3) superimposed low, medium and high frequency force oscillations, and (4) sham traction. Nineteen healthy subjects volunteered for this study. Surface EMG was recorded during traction and later used in a biomechanical model to estimate spine decompression force. Trunk flexibility was measured before and after each treatment. There were no differences in muscle activity between any of the experimental conditions except the thoracic erector spinae muscle, which had lower EMG during continuous compared to sinusoidal distraction-force waveform (p=0.02). Thoracic and lumbar erector spinae muscles were significantly less active during sham than real traction (p=0.01 and p=0.04, respectively). The estimated L4-L5 spine compression force was 25N. Trunk flexibility decreased after each experimental session (p=0.01), and there were no differences between sessions. Our results suggest that the trunk muscle activity is minimal and point toward fluid exchange in the disc as one of the key biomechanical effects of spinal traction.

  8. Complications of microvascular decompression in hemifacial spasm treatment Retrospective analysis of 156 cases

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    Yongfeng Sun; Guanghui Dai; Jun Yuan; Weidong Zhai; Jianwei Zhong; Tao Wang

    2008-01-01

    headache or dizziness, 5 (3%) with severe headache, 43 (28%) with nausea or vomiting for 12 hours to 3 days, and 19 (12%) with aseptic meningitis and a body temperature of 37.5–40 ℃. Patients, who suffered from headache and fever, were cured after 2–5 lumbar punctures. ② Postoperatively, 19 (8%) patients suffered from short-term dysaudia and tinnitus on the affected side, 9 (6%) from mild hemifacial spasms, and 2 (1%) from ambiopia. All patients were cured after treatment with a neurotrophic drug. ③ Postoperatively, 4 (2%) patients suffered from cerebrospinal fluid incision leakage and 2 (1%) from cerebrospinal rhinorrhea. The cerebrospinal fluid incision was tightly sutured. One case of cerebrospinal rhinorrhea was cured after mastoid process repair, and the other one recovered spontaneously. CONCLUSION: Experimental results have indicated that low intracranial pressure is the main complication of microvascular decompression in patients with hemifacial spasms, and no permanent neuro-functional impairment was found.

  9. Modified fenestration with restorative spinoplasty for lumbar spinal stenosis.

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    Matsudaira, Ko; Yamazaki, Takashi; Seichi, Atsushi; Hoshi, Kazuto; Hara, Nobuhiro; Ogiwara, Satoshi; Terayama, Sei; Chikuda, Hirotaka; Takeshita, Katsushi; Nakamura, Kozo

    2009-06-01

    The authors developed an original procedure, modified fenestration with restorative spinoplasty (MFRS) for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis. The first step is to cut the spinous process in an L-shape, which is caudally reflected. This procedure allows easy access to the spinal canal, including lateral recesses, and makes it easy to perform a trumpet-style decompression of the nerve roots without violating the facet joints. After the decompression of neural tissues, the spinous process is anatomically restored (spinoplasty). The clinical outcomes at 2 years were evaluated using the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) scale and patients' satisfaction. Radiological follow-up included radiographs and CT. Between January 2000 and December 2002, 109 patients with neurogenic intermittent claudication with or without mild spondylolisthesis underwent MFRS. Of these, 101 were followed up for at least 2 years (follow-up rate 93%). The average score on the self-administered JOA scale in 89 patients without comorbidity causing gait disturbance improved from 13.3 preoperatively to 22.9 at 2 years' follow-up. Neurogenic intermittent claudication disappeared in all cases. The patients' assessment of treatment satisfaction was "satisfied" in 74 cases, "slightly satisfied" in 12, "slightly dissatisfied" in 2, and "dissatisfied" in 1 case. In 16 cases (18%), a minimum progression of slippage occurred, but no symptomatic instability or recurrent stenosis was observed. Computed tomography showed that the lateral part of the facet joints was well preserved, and the mean residual ratio was 80%. The MFRS technique produces an adequate and safe decompression of the spinal canal, even in patients with narrow and steep facet joints in whom conventional fenestration is technically demanding.

  10. A New Measure of Decompression Sickness in the Rat

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    Peter Buzzacott

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study we assessed the reliability of a tilting-board grip score as a measure of decompression sickness in rats. In experiments using a hyperbaric compression/decompression protocol, rats were observed for signs of decompression sickness and their grip strength measured on a tilting particle board hinged to a metal frame. Angles at which rats lost grip were converted to gravitational vectors. Decreased mean grip scores following decompression were fitted to a logistic regression model with strain, age, and weight. Decrease in grip score was significantly associated with observed decompression sickness (P=0.0036. The log odds ratio for decompression sickness = 1.40 (decrease in grip score. In rats with no decrease in mean grip score there was a 50% probability of decompression sickness (pDCS. This increased steadily with decreases in mean grip score. A decrease of 0.3 had a 60% pDCS, a decrease of 0.6 had a 70% pDCS, and a decrease of 2.1 had a 95% pDCS. The tilting board grip score is a reliable measure of the probability of decompression sickness.

  11. [Osteoplastic decompressive craniotomy--indication and surgical technique].

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    Mracek, J; Choc, M; Mracek, Z

    2010-02-01

    Decompressive craniotomy is usually carried out using decompressive craniectomy (osteoclastic decompressive craniotomy) when the bone flap is removed. In situations when the level of expansion does not call for decomopressive craniectomy, we do not remove the bone flap and we perform osteoplastic decompressive craniotomy. The indication is based on assessment and cross correlation of the following parameters: intracranial pressure,midline shift and the number of pathologies on CT, actual influence of antiedematous therapy, expected cerebral oedema progression and especially according to the size of the dural defect after duratomy. In the course of osteoplastic decompressive craniotomy, decompression is secured by the elevation of the unfixed bone flap during cerebral tissue expansion. After the oedema regression, the elevated bone flap spontaneously drops to its original position and is reattached. The danger of bone plate depression is eliminated with the use of a bevel bone cut using a Gigli saw. Osteoplastic decompressive craniotomy is an effective method of treating brain oedema when the degree of expansion does not require decompressive craniectomy.

  12. Collagen levels are normalized after decompression of experimentally obstructed colon

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    Rehn, Martin; Ågren, Sven Per Magnus; Syk, I

    2011-01-01

    Our aim was to define the dynamics in collagen concentrations in the large bowel wall following decompression of experimental obstruction.......Our aim was to define the dynamics in collagen concentrations in the large bowel wall following decompression of experimental obstruction....

  13. Comparison of the different surgical approaches for lumbar interbody fusion.

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    Talia, Adrian J; Wong, Michael L; Lau, Hui C; Kaye, Andrew H

    2015-02-01

    This review will outline the history of spinal fusion. It will compare the different approaches currently in use for interbody fusion. A comparison of the techniques, including minimally invasive surgery and graft options will be included. Lumbar interbody fusion is a commonly performed surgical procedure for a variety of spinal disorders, especially degenerative disease. Currently this procedure is performed using anterior, lateral, transforaminal and posterior approaches. Minimally invasive techniques have been increasing in popularity in recent years. A posterior approach is frequently used and has good fusion rates and low complication rates but is limited by the thecal and nerve root retraction. The transforaminal interbody fusion avoids some of these complications and is therefore preferable in some situations, especially revision surgery. An anterior approach avoids the spinal cord and cauda equina all together, but has issues with visceral exposure complications. Lateral lumbar interbody fusion has a risk of lumbar plexus injury with dissection through the psoas muscle. Studies show less intraoperative blood loss for minimally invasive techniques, but there is no long-term data. Iliac crest is the gold standard for bone graft, although adjuncts such as bone morphogenetic proteins are being used more frequently, despite their controversial history. More high-level studies are needed to make generalisations regarding the outcomes of one technique compared with another.

  14. Difficulty of diagnosing the origin of lower leg pain in patients with both lumbar spinal stenosis and hip joint osteoarthritis.

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    Saito, Junya; Ohtori, Seiji; Kishida, Shunji; Nakamura, Junichi; Takeshita, Munenori; Shigemura, Tomonori; Takazawa, Makoto; Eguchi, Yawara; Inoue, Gen; Orita, Sumihisa; Takaso, Masashi; Ochiai, Nobuyasu; Kuniyoshi, Kazuki; Aoki, Yasuchika; Ishikawa, Tetsuhiro; Arai, Gen; Miyagi, Masayuki; Kamoda, Hiroto; Suzuki, Miyako; Sakuma, Yoshihiro; Oikawa, Yasuhiro; Kubota, Gou; Inage, Kazuhide; Sainoh, Takeshi; Yamauchi, Kazuyo; Toyone, Tomoaki; Takahashi, Kazuhisa

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    Case series. To present the difficulty of diagnosing the origin of lower leg pain in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis and hip joint arthritis. Pain arising from a degenerated hip joint is sometimes localized to the lower leg. Patients with lumbar spinal disease may also show radicular pain corresponding to the lower leg area. If patients present with both conditions and only pain at the lower leg, it is difficult to determine the origin of the pain. We reviewed 420 patients who had leg pain with lumbar spinal stenosis diagnosed by myelography, computed tomography after myelography, or magnetic resonance imaging. Pain only at the ipsilateral lateral aspect of the lower leg but slight low back pain or pain around the hip joint was shown in 4 patients who had lumbar spinal stenosis and hip osteoarthritis. The symptoms resolved after L5 spinal nerve block, but remained after lidocaine infiltration into the hip joint. We performed decompression and posterolateral fusion surgery for these 4 patients. Leg pain did not resolve after lumbar surgery in all patients. Conservative treatment was not effective from 6 to 12 months, so ultimately we performed ipsilateral total hip replacement for all patients and they became symptom-free. It is difficult to determine the origin of lower leg pain by spinal nerve block and hip joint block in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis and hip osteoarthritis. We take this into consideration before surgery.

  15. 改良TLIF治疗腰椎退变性疾病%Modified transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for the treatment of lumbar degenerative disease

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    荣树; 马兆钦

    2011-01-01

    posterior wall of foramen opened partly. After decompression, intervertebral tamped autobone particles transplantation, a single Cage was inserted obliquely from 40° toward the midline. Combined with pedicle screw instrumentation, TLIF was accomplished. Results All patients underwent surgery safely without severe complications occurred .The average following up time was 17.4 months (12~20 months). At the follow-up after 1 year postoperatively, all the operated segments achieved fusion standard and no broken screw or Cage dislocation occurred. All 10 cases of spondylolisthesis were reduced thoroughly and maintained satisfactorily. There was significant difference (P<0.05) in JOA score between preoperation (13.8 ± 4.1) and postoperation (24.9 ± 3.0). The rate of clinical improvement was 79.5% (excellent in 16 cases, good in 6 cases, and fair in 2 cases). Conclusion The modified TLIF expands the indication of TLIF,carries out the less invasive principles in opening operations, simplifies the manipulation and the clinical results for the treatment of lumbar degenerative disease is satisfactory.

  16. An unexpected lumbar lesion

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    Laura Beard

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This case report details an interesting case of suspected spinal bifida in an obstetric patient who presented for an elective cesarean section. A large scarred/dimpled area, surrounded by significant hair growth in the region of the lumbar spine had been missed in multiple antenatal and preoperative assessments and was recognized on the day of the surgery as the patient was being prepared for spinal anesthesia. The patient was uncertain regarding the pathology of the lesion, and all investigations relating to this had been undertaken in Pakistan where she lived as a child. General anesthesia was undertaken because magnetic resonance imaging had not been performed and tethering of the spinal cord could not be ruled out clinically. The patient suffered from significant blood loss intra and postoperatively, requiring a two unit blood transfusion. She was discharged after 5 days in the hospital. This case highlights the need for thorough examination in all obstetric patients presenting to the preoperative clinic, focusing on the airway, vascular access, and lumbar spine. Patients may not always disclose certain information due to a lack of understanding, embarrassment, forgetfulness, or language barriers. Significant aspects of their care may have been undertaken abroad and access to these notes is often limited. Preoperative detection of the lesion would have allowed further investigation and imaging of the lesion and enabled more comprehensive discussions with the patient regarding anesthetic options and risk.

  17. No differences in post-operative rehabilitation across municipalities in patients with lumbar disc herniation

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    Paulsen, Rune Tendal; Bergholdt, Erik; Carreon, Leah;

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    INTRODUCTION: Following the municipal reform in Denmark in January 2007, the municipalities gained responsibility for post-operative rehabilitation. In the Region of Southern Denmark, this task was decentralised to 22 municipalities, which implied a possible risk for considerable variation...... decompressive surgery for lumbar disc herniation were identified. Changes in Oswestry disability index (ODI), EuroQol-5D (EQ-5D) and duration of sick leave were compared among the municipalities. RESULTS: Patient-reported outcome measures showed no statistical difference in ODI, EQ-5D or sick leave at the one...

  18. Clinical, radiological, and functional evaluation of surgical treatment in degenerative lumbar canal stenosis

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    Conclusions: The post-operative VAS, ODI, JOA, SF-36 scores showed a significant improvement from the preoperative ones. Postoperative thecal sac measurements showed a significant neural decompression substantiating the results of improvement in the functional assessment scores after surgery. The treadmill test is a quantifiable means of dynamic function. It may be considered as a useful tool for the assessment of functional impairment and for the correlation of thecal sac CSA with lumbar canal stenosis. A combination of functional scores, treadmill test, and thecal sac CSA may be included in the preoperative assessment of outcome in patients with LCS.

  19. No differences in post-operative rehabilitation across municipalities in patients with lumbar disc herniation

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    Paulsen, Rune Tendal; Bergholdt, Erik; Carreon, Leah;

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    decompressive surgery for lumbar disc herniation were identified. Changes in Oswestry disability index (ODI), EuroQol-5D (EQ-5D) and duration of sick leave were compared among the municipalities. RESULTS: Patient-reported outcome measures showed no statistical difference in ODI, EQ-5D or sick leave at the one...... for enhanced cooperation between hospitals and rehabilitation centres. CONCLUSION: Rehabilitation was broadly similar, and patient outcome after one year did not differ significantly across the 22 municipalities or between the five largest samples. In general, all municipalities request enhanced cooperation...

  20. Evaluation of different laser wavelengths on ablation lesion and residual thermal injury in intervertebral discs of the lumbar spine.

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    Plapler, Hélio; Mancini, Marília W; Sella, Valéria R G; Bomfim, Fernando R C

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    Laser discectomy or nucleotomy is an increasingly important method for less invasive procedures of column, but the ideal kind of laser is still not established. As the wavelength is an important parameter for water absorption, this study was performed to investigate the action of the laser emission in the near infrared (808 to 1908 nm) region in the context of surgical procedures for percutaneous intervertebral disc decompression (nucleotomy). Forty intervertebral discs from pigs lumbar spines were irradiated with laser (λ = 808, 980, 1470 and 1908 nm), 1-s on/off time cycles, for 120 cycles and 10 W of power (808, 980, and 1470 nm) or 240 cycles and 5 W of power (1908 nm), with total power of 1200 J, and subjected to microscopic evaluation through hematoxylin-eosin (HE) staining in order to measure the ablation lesions and the residual thermal injury. Ten other discs were not irradiated and worked as controls. The ablation lesions were measured (in mm) at 1.08 ± 1.25, 1.70 ± 0.63, 2.23 ± 1.02, 1.37 ± 0.39, and 0.94 ± 0.41 (median ± SD) for the control, 808, 980, 1470, and 1908 nm groups, respectively. The difference between 1908 nm and all the other groups was statistically significant (p < 0.05). The residual thermal injury was less evident in 1908 nm laser and sharper in 980 nm laser wavelengths. The laser at a wavelength of 1908 nm was considered the most efficient for the vaporization of the nucleus pulposus, followed by the laser wavelengths of 1470, 808, and 980 nm, and proved to be useful for laser nucleotomy procedure.

  1. Restoration of disk height through non-surgical spinal decompression is associated with decreased discogenic low back pain: a retrospective cohort study

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    Richmond Charlotte

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Because previous studies have suggested that motorized non-surgical spinal decompression can reduce chronic low back pain (LBP due to disc degeneration (discogenic low back pain and disc herniation, it has accordingly been hypothesized that the reduction of pressure on affected discs will facilitate their regeneration. The goal of this study was to determine if changes in LBP, as measured on a verbal rating scale, before and after a 6-week treatment period with non-surgical spinal decompression, correlate with changes in lumbar disc height, as measured on computed tomography (CT scans. Methods A retrospective cohort study of adults with chronic LBP attributed to disc herniation and/or discogenic LBP who underwent a 6-week treatment protocol of motorized non-surgical spinal decompression via the DRX9000 with CT scans before and after treatment. The main outcomes were changes in pain as measured on a verbal rating scale from 0 to 10 during a flexion-extension range of motion evaluation and changes in disc height as measured on CT scans. Paired t-test or linear regression was used as appropriate with p Results We identified 30 patients with lumbar disc herniation with an average age of 65 years, body mass index of 29 kg/m2, 21 females and 9 males, and an average duration of LBP of 12.5 weeks. During treatment, low back pain decreased from 6.2 (SD 2.2 to 1.6 (2.3, p Conclusions Non-surgical spinal decompression was associated with a reduction in pain and an increase in disc height. The correlation of these variables suggests that pain reduction may be mediated, at least in part, through a restoration of disc height. A randomized controlled trial is needed to confirm these promising results. Clinical trial registration number NCT00828880

  2. Anatomia do plano intermuscular lombar entre os músculos multífidus e longuíssimo e planejamento pré-operatório com imagens de ressonância nuclear magnética para artrodeses lombares minimamente invasivas Anatomía del plano lumbar intermuscular, entre el músculo multífido y el músculo longísimo, y el planeamiento preoperatorio con imágenes de resonancia nuclear magnética para artrodesis lumbares míinimamente invasoras Anatomic features of the intermuscular lumbar plane between the multifidus and the longissimus muscles and preoperative planning with MRI images for minimally invasive lumbar fusion

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    Fernando Schmidt

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    hasta el plano intermuscular, entre el multífido y el longísimos, y nosotros lo consideramos importante para ea planeamientn preoperatoria de los procedimientos minimamente invasores.OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this work is to review the posterior lumbar muscle anatomy, evince the correlation between the anatomy in the axial plane of the MRI and measure the distance from the medium line to the intermuscular plane, between the multifidus and the longissimus in the lower lumbar levels. METHODS: Using the OSIRIX program for Mac, bilateral measurements of the distance from the medium line to the intermuscular plane between the multifidus and longissimus muscles have been performed in the L3/L4, L4/L5 and L5/S1 levels, in 50 adult patients divided equally by gender. RESULTS: This study brings to the conclusion that there is an average distance of 2.42 cm in L3/L4, of 3.13 cm in L4/L5 and of 3.77 cm in L5/S1 when not separated by gender. The average distance increases in the craniocaudal direction in the lower lumbar levels and there is no statistically significant difference toward the gender in levels L4/L5 and L5/S1. CONCLUSION: We conclude that the MRI allows the surgeon to measure the distance from the midline until the intermuscular plane between the multifidus and longissimus and consider it important for the preoperative planning of minimally invasive approaches.

  3. Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy: Results of first 100 cases

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    Kanthila Mahesha

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Lumbar disc herniation is a major cause of back pain and sciatica. The surgical management of lumbar disc prolapse has evolved from exploratory laminectomy to percutaneous endoscopic discectomy. Percutaneous endoscopic discectomy is the least invasive procedure for lumbar disc prolapse. The aim of this study was to analyze the clinical outcome, quality of life, neurologic function, and complications. Materials and Methods: One hundred patients with lumbar disc prolapse who were treated with percutaneous endoscopic discectomy from May 2012 to January 2014 were included in this retrospective study. Clinical followup was done at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, and at yearly interval thereafter. The outcome was assessed using modified Macnab′s criteria, visual analog scale, and Oswestry Disability Index. Results: The mean followup period was 2 years (range 18 months - 3 years. Transforaminal approach was used in 84 patients, interlaminar approach in seven patients, and combined approach in nine patients. An excellent outcome was noted in ninety patients, good outcome in six patients, fair result in two patients, and poor result in two patients. Minor complications were seen in three patients, and two patients had recurrent disc prolapse. Mean hospital stay was 1.6 days. Conclusions: Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy is a safe and effective procedure in lumbar disc prolapse. It has the advantage that it can be performed on a day care basis under local anesthesia with shorter length of hospitalization and early return to work thus improving the quality of life earlier. The low complication rate makes it the future of disc surgery. Transforaminal approach alone is sufficient in majority of cases, although 16% of cases required either percutaneous interlaminar approach or combined approach. The procedure definitely has a learning curve, but it is acceptable with adequate preparations.

  4. Work intensity in sacroiliac joint fusion and lumbar microdiscectomy

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    Frank C

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Clay Frank,1 Dimitriy Kondrashov,2 S Craig Meyer,3 Gary Dix,4 Morgan Lorio,5 Don Kovalsky,6 Daniel Cher7 1Integrated Spine Care, Wawautosa, WI, 2St Mary’s Spine Center, San Francisco, CA, 3Columbia Orthopedic Group, Columbia, MO, 4Maryland Brain Spine and Pain, Annapolis, MD, 5Neurospine Solutions, Bristol, TN, 6Orthopaedic Center of Southern Illinois, Mt Vernon, IL, 7SI-BONE, Inc., San Jose, CA, USA Background: The evidence base supporting minimally invasive sacroiliac (SI joint fusion (SIJF surgery is increasing. The work relative value units (RVUs associated with minimally invasive SIJF are seemingly low. To date, only one published study describes the relative work intensity associated with minimally invasive SIJF. No study has compared work intensity vs other commonly performed spine surgery procedures.Methods: Charts of 192 patients at five sites who underwent either minimally invasive SIJF (American Medical Association [AMA] CPT® code 27279 or lumbar microdiscectomy (AMA CPT® code 63030 were reviewed. Abstracted were preoperative times associated with diagnosis and patient care, intraoperative parameters including operating room (OR in/out times and procedure start/stop times, and postoperative care requirements. Additionally, using a visual analog scale, surgeons estimated the intensity of intraoperative care, including mental, temporal, and physical demands and effort and frustration. Work was defined as operative time multiplied by task intensity.Results: Patients who underwent minimally invasive SIJF were more likely female. Mean procedure times were lower in SIJF by about 27.8 minutes (P<0.0001 and mean total OR times were lower by 27.9 minutes (P<0.0001, but there was substantial overlap across procedures. Mean preservice and post-service total labor times were longer in minimally invasive SIJF (preservice times longer by 63.5 minutes [P<0.0001] and post-service labor times longer by 20.2 minutes [P<0.0001]. The number of

  5. 术前计划在脊柱微创手术机器人椎弓根螺钉置入操作中的价值探讨%Clinical value of preoperative plan in spinal minimal invasive robot system assisted drilling for pedicle screw placement on cattle lumbar spine

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    王洪伟; 张鹤; 李长青; 赵忆文; 韩建达; 周跃

    2013-01-01

    [Objective] To evaluate and investigate the clinical value of the drilling for pedicle screw placement on cattle lumbar spine through preoperative plan by using spinal minimal invasive robot system, summarize the experience, optimize the design of the system. [ Methods] Sixteen cattle lumbar spines were randomly divided into two groups. Preoperative computed to-mographic ( CT) scan of 8 lumbar spines in experimental group (EG) in axial plane were captured for each vertebra from the CT film, the surgeon planed the entry point and trajectory of the screws. Intraoperative fluoroscopic X - rays was used to locate the relative position of the robotic arm and the speciman. On the basis of preoperative CT scan and introoperative fluoroscopic data, we aligned the robot to the desired entry point and trajectory, as dictated by the surgeons preoperative plan. The other 8 cattle lumbar spines in contral group (CG) were drilled the pedicle hole in operation under the guidance of introperative C - arm fluo-roscopy. Sixteen cattle lumbar spines were inserted 160 K -wires by using the spinal minimal invasive robot system. The time for system registration and pedicle drilling, fluoroscopic times and the radiation exposure time were measured and recorded. Postoperative CT scans were used to assess the position of the K - wires. [ Results] Assisted by spinal minimal invasive robot system, the average time for system registration was (351. 7 ±24. 9) s, the time for procedure of drilling one K - wire in EG and CG was respectively (89. 5 ± 6. 1) s and (447. 5 ± 90. 7) s , fluoroscopic for the procesure was respectively (2. 9 ±0. 8) times and ( 11. 5 ± 3. 8) times, the radiation exposure time was respectively (2. 9 ± 1.0) s and (11.1 ±3.2) s , there were significant difference between the two groups (P =0.000, t = - 11. 143; P =0. 000, t= -6. 243; P =0.000, t = -7.002) . Overall, only twelve (15. 0% ) of the 80 screws in EG violated the pedicle wall. Four screws (5.0% ) were

  6. Comparative evaluation of surgical alternatives in the treatment of acute cervical myelopathy and in the decompression of cervical spinal canal

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    Gbor Cziglczki; Zoltn Papp; Csaba Padnyi; Pter Banczerowski

    2014-01-01

    Symptoms of cervical myelopathy are caused by the compression of the cervical spinal cord in the narrowed spinal canal.Several techniques including less invasive and minimally invasive methods have been developed with the aim of decompressing the cervical spinal canal, preserving posterior motion segments and paraspinal muscles as much as possible, reducing iatrogenic consequences and promoting faster recoveries of patients.The purpose of this article is to summarize these procedures and evaluate their efficacy with comparing them to each other. The applicable methods are presented shortly but the differences between them are discussed in details.Comprehensive examination did not reveal the proven superiority of any techniques and in most cases the less invasive or minimally invasive treatment choices should be individually determined, considering the location and extension of pathology and the familiarity of surgeon with techniques.

  7. Comparative evaluation of surgical alternatives in the treatment of acute cervical myelopathy and in the decompression of cervical spinal canal

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    Gábor Czigléczki

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Symptoms of cervical myelopathy are caused by the compression of the cervical spinal cord in the narrowed spinal canal. Several techniques including less invasive and minimally invasive methods have been developed with the aim of decompressing the cervical spinal canal, preserving posterior motion segments and paraspinal muscles as much as possible, reducing iatrogenic consequences and promoting faster recoveries of patients. The purpose of this article is to summarize these procedures and evaluate their efficacy with comparing them to each other. The applicable methods are presented shortly but the differences between them are discussed in details. Comprehensive examination did not reveal the proven superiority of any techniques and in most cases the less invasive or minimally invasive treatment choices should be individually determined, considering the location and extension of pathology and the familiarity of surgeon with techniques.

  8. Efficacy of triamcinolone acetonide and bupivacaine for pain after lumbar discectomy.

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    Bahari, Syah

    2012-02-01

    The study is a prospective blinded randomised controlled trial to compare the efficacy of triamcinolone acetonide, bupivacaine or in combination in managing pain after lumbar discectomy. Patients undergoing primary single-level lumbar discectomy were randomised. Triamcinolone acetonide, bupivacaine or in combination was instilled at the nerve root as decompression. Preoperative, day 1 and 6 weeks pain score, 24-h postoperative opiate requirements and duration of inpatient stay were recorded. Data was analysed using Mann-Whitney test for statistical significance. 100 patients were recruited. A significant difference was noted in day one postoperative mean pain score, mean 24-h opiate requirement and mean inpatient stay in the triamcinolone acetonide and bupivacaine group. At 8 weeks postoperatively, no significant differences were seen in the pain score in all groups. Significant postoperative pain reduction and opiate requirements in the first 24 h, and significantly shortened duration of inpatient stay were achieved in the triamcinolone acetonide and bupivacaine group compared with other groups.

  9. The imaging of lumbar spondylolisthesis

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    Butt, S. [Department of Radiology, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 4LP (United Kingdom); Saifuddin, A. [Department of Radiology, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 4LP (United Kingdom) and Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculo-Skeletal Sciences, University College, London (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: asaifuddin@aol.com

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    Lumbar spondylolisthesis is a common finding on plain radiographs. The condition has a variety of causes which can be differentiated on the basis of imaging findings. As the treatment is dependent upon the type of spondylolisthesis, it is important for the radiologist to be aware of these features. We present a pictorial review of the imaging features of lumbar spondylolisthesis and explain the differentiating points between different groups of this disorder. The relative merits of the different imaging techniques in assessing lumbar spondylolisthesis are discussed.

  10. Reproduction of the lumbar lordosis

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    Andreasen, Marianne Løgtholt; Langhoff, Lotte; Jensen, Tue Secher;

    2007-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: This study investigates whether it is possible to reproduce the lumbar lordosis in the upright position during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) by positioning the patient supine with straightened lower extremities and investigates intra- and interexaminer reliability of measurements...... supine with straightened lower extremities. These measurements were compared statistically. Intra- and interexaminer reliability was calculated applying the Bland and Altman method. RESULTS: The lumbar lordosis in the standing position was reproduced in the straightened supine position with a median......: The findings of this study show that lumbar lordosis in the upright position can be reproduced by positioning the patient supine with straightened lower extremities....

  11. Bubble dynamics in perfused tissue undergoing decompression.

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    Meisel, S; Nir, A; Kerem, D

    1981-02-01

    A mathematical model describing bubble dynamics in a perfused tissue undergoing decompression is presented, taking into account physical expansion and inward diffusion from surrounding supersaturated tissue as growth promoting factors and tissue gas elimination by perfusion, tissue elasticity, surface tension and inherent unsaturation as resolving driving forces. The expected behavior after a step reduction of pressure of a bubble initially existing in the tissue, displaying both growth and resolution has been demonstrated. A strong perfusion-dependence of bubble resolution time at low perfusion rates is apparent. The model can account for various exposure pressures and saturation fractions of any inert gas-tissue combination for which a set of physical and physiological parameters is available.

  12. 激光针刀联合微创介入治疗LDH的CT定量IPP图像变化比较%Comparison of CT Quantitative IPP Images in the Treatment of Laser Nee-dle Knife and Minimally Invasive Intervention for Lumbar Disc Herniation

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    汤勇; 陈雄; 徐应乐; 汤治中; 张晓明

    2016-01-01

    Objective To have the quantitative study on CT imaging changes in the treatment of la-ser needle knife and minimally invasive intervention for lumbar disc herniation( LDH)so as to evaluate the biodynamic impact of this therapy for degenerative LDH and explore its effect mechanism and open a new ap-proach to the treatment of this disease. Methods The enrolled 180 cases according to the inclusive criteria were randomized into a laser needle knife group,a minimally invasive intervention group and a combined therapy group,60 cases in each one. In the laser needle knife group,the laser needle knife therapy was used. In the minimally invasive intervention group,the minimally invasive intervention of plasma radiofrequency and collagenase chemonucleolysis( CCNL)were adopted. In the combined therapy group,the therapeutic methods in the previous two groups were used in combination. At the end of treatment,IPP image software was used to measure and compare CT image protrusion area,protrusion degree,gap distance and vertebral shifting degree of the intervertebral disc among the three groups. SPSS19. 0 was used for statistical analysis on all of the da-ta. Results After treatment,in comparison of CT quantitative image characteristic changes,the protrusion ar-ea and degree in the combined therapy group and minimally invasive intervention group were reduced appar-ently as compared with those before treatment,indicating the significant difference(P﹤0. 05). The changes were not obvious in the laser needle knife group. The lumbar vertebral shifting degree was reduced in the combined therapy group and minimally invasive intervention group,in which the reducing amplitude in the combined therapy group was much more apparent. The changes were not obvious in the laser needle knife group. The change in gap distance was not apparent in the three groups(P﹥0. 05). Conclusion The com-bined therapy of laser needle knife and minimally invasive intervention effectively shortens protrusion

  13. The probability and severity of decompression sickness.

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    Howle, Laurens E; Weber, Paul W; Hada, Ethan A; Vann, Richard D; Denoble, Petar J

    2017-01-01

    Decompression sickness (DCS), which is caused by inert gas bubbles in tissues, is an injury of concern for scuba divers, compressed air workers, astronauts, and aviators. Case reports for 3322 air and N2-O2 dives, resulting in 190 DCS events, were retrospectively analyzed and the outcomes were scored as (1) serious neurological, (2) cardiopulmonary, (3) mild neurological, (4) pain, (5) lymphatic or skin, and (6) constitutional or nonspecific manifestations. Following standard U.S. Navy medical definitions, the data were grouped into mild-Type I (manifestations 4-6)-and serious-Type II (manifestations 1-3). Additionally, we considered an alternative grouping of mild-Type A (manifestations 3-6)-and serious-Type B (manifestations 1 and 2). The current U.S. Navy guidance allows for a 2% probability of mild DCS and a 0.1% probability of serious DCS. We developed a hierarchical trinomial (3-state) probabilistic DCS model that simultaneously predicts the probability of mild and serious DCS given a dive exposure. Both the Type I/II and Type A/B discriminations of mild and serious DCS resulted in a highly significant (p probability of 'mild' DCS resulted in a longer allowable bottom time for the same 2% limit. However, for the 0.1% serious DCS limit, we found a vastly decreased allowable bottom dive time for all dive depths. If the Type A/B scoring was assigned to outcome severity, the no decompression limits (NDL) for air dives were still controlled by the acceptable serious DCS risk limit rather than the acceptable mild DCS risk limit. However, in this case, longer NDL limits were allowed than with the Type I/II scoring. The trinomial model mild and serious probabilities agree reasonably well with the current air NDL only with the Type A/B scoring and when 0.2% risk of serious DCS is allowed.

  14. Decompression sickness ('the bends') in sea turtles.

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    García-Párraga, D; Crespo-Picazo, J L; de Quirós, Y Bernaldo; Cervera, V; Martí-Bonmati, L; Díaz-Delgado, J; Arbelo, M; Moore, M J; Jepson, P D; Fernández, Antonio

    2014-10-16

    Decompression sickness (DCS), as clinically diagnosed by reversal of symptoms with recompression, has never been reported in aquatic breath-hold diving vertebrates despite the occurrence of tissue gas tensions sufficient for bubble formation and injury in terrestrial animals. Similarly to diving mammals, sea turtles manage gas exchange and decompression through anatomical, physiological, and behavioral adaptations. In the former group, DCS-like lesions have been observed on necropsies following behavioral disturbance such as high-powered acoustic sources (e.g. active sonar) and in bycaught animals. In sea turtles, in spite of abundant literature on diving physiology and bycatch interference, this is the first report of DCS-like symptoms and lesions. We diagnosed a clinico-pathological condition consistent with DCS in 29 gas-embolized loggerhead sea turtles Caretta caretta from a sample of 67. Fifty-nine were recovered alive and 8 had recently died following bycatch in trawls and gillnets of local fisheries from the east coast of Spain. Gas embolization and distribution in vital organs were evaluated through conventional radiography, computed tomography, and ultrasound. Additionally, positive response following repressurization was clinically observed in 2 live affected turtles. Gas embolism was also observed postmortem in carcasses and tissues as described in cetaceans and human divers. Compositional gas analysis of intravascular bubbles was consistent with DCS. Definitive diagnosis of DCS in sea turtles opens a new era for research in sea turtle diving physiology, conservation, and bycatch impact mitigation, as well as for comparative studies in other air-breathing marine vertebrates and human divers.

  15. Outcome of endoscopic decompression of retrocalcaneal bursitis

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    Vamsi Kondreddi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Posterior heel pain due to retrocalcaneal bursitis, is a disabling condition that responds well to the conventional methods of treatment. Patients who do not respond to conservative treatment may require surgical intervention. This study evaluates the outcome of endoscopic decompression of retrocalcaneal bursitis, with resection of posterosuperior eminence of the calcaneum. Materials and Methods: This present study included 25 heels from 23 consecutive patients with posterior heel pain, who did not respond to conservative treatment and underwent endoscopic decompression of the retrocalcaneal bursae and excision of bony spurs. The functional outcome was evaluated by comparing the pre and postoperative American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS scores. The Maryland ankle and foot score was used postoperatively to assess the patient′s satisfaction at the one-year followup. Results: The University of Maryland scores of 25 heels were categorized as the nonparametric categories, and it was observed that 16 patients had an excellent outcome, six good, three fair and there were no poor results. The AOFAS scores averaged 57.92 ± 6.224 points preoperatively and 89.08 ± 5.267 points postoperatively (P < 0.001, at an average followup of 16.4 months. The 12 heels having noninsertional tendinosis on ultrasound had low AOFAS scores compared to 13 heels having retrocalcaneal bursitis alone. At one year followup, correlation for preoperative ultrasound assessment of tendoachilles degeneration versus postoperative Maryland score (Spearman correlation had shown a strong negative correlation. Conclusion: Endoscopic calcaneal resection is highly effective in patients with mild or no degeneration and yields cosmetically better results with fewer complications. Patients with degenerative changes in Achilles tendon had poorer outcomes in terms of subjective satisfaction.

  16. Evaluation and Surgical Management of Adult Degenerative Scoliosis Associated With Lumbar Stenosis.

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    Wang, Guodong; Cui, Xingang; Jiang, Zhensong; Li, Tao; Liu, Xiaoyang; Sun, Jianmin

    2016-04-01

    Adult degenerative scoliosis associated with lumbar stenosis has become a common issue in the elderly population. But its surgical management is on debating. The main issue condenses on the management priority of scoliosis or stenosis. This study is to investigate surgical management strategy and outcome of adult degenerative scoliosis associated with lumbar stenosis. Between January 2003 and December 2010, 108 patients were admitted to the authors' institution for adult degenerative scoliosis associated with lumbar stenosis. They were divided into 3 groups based on the symptom. Then the surgical management was carried out. The clinical outcome was evaluated according to the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) and Scoliosis Research Society-22 score (SRS-22 score) at follow up. Group 1 was with primary lumbar stenosis symptom, local decompression and short fusion were performed. Group 2 was with compensated spinal imbalance symptom, local decompression of the symptomatic spinal stenosis and short fusion were performed. Group 3 was with primary spinal imbalance, correction surgery and long fusion were performed. For Group 1, the ODI scores declined from 62.5 ± 4.2 preoperatively to 21.8 ± 2.5 at final follow up, the SRS-22 scores decreased from 44.8 ± 3.2 preoperatively to 70.9 ± 6.0 at final follow up. For Group 2, the ODI and SRS-22 scores were 73.4 ± 8.4 and 40.8 ± 8.5 before the surgery, declined to 22.4 ± 4.2 and 73.2 ± 7.9 at final follow up. For Group 3, the ODI and SRS-22 scores were 73.4 ± 4.9 and 45.3 ± 6.4 before surgery, declined to 30.4 ± 8.9 and 68.8 ± 8.1 at final follow up. It was effective to perform decompression and short fusion for Group 1 and correction surgery and long fusion for Group 3. For Group 2, the compensated imbalance symptom was always provoked by the symptomatic lumbar stenosis. The cases in the Group 2 got well clinical improvements after local surgical intervene on the

  17. LUMBAR CORSETS CAN DECREASE LUMBAR MOTION IN GOLF SWING

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    Koji Hashimoto

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Swinging a golf club includes the rotation and extension of the lumbar spine. Golf-related low back pain has been associated with degeneration of the lumbar facet and intervertebral discs, and with spondylolysis. Reflective markers were placed directly onto the skin of 11young male amateur golfers without a previous history of back pain. Using a VICON system (Oxford Metrics, U.K., full golf swings were monitored without a corset (WOC, with a soft corset (SC, and with a hard corset (HC, with each subject taking 3 swings. Changes in the angle between the pelvis and the thorax (maximum range of motion and angular velocity in 3 dimensions (lumbar rotation, flexion-extension, and lateral tilt were analyzed, as was rotation of the hip joint. Peak changes in lumbar extension and rotation occurred just after impact with the ball. The extension angle of the lumbar spine at finish was significantly lower under SC (38° or HC (28° than under WOC (44° conditions (p < 0.05. The maximum angular velocity after impact was significantly smaller under HC (94°/sec than under SC (177°/sec and WOC (191° /sec conditions, as were the lumbar rotation angles at top and finish. In contrast, right hip rotation angles at top showed a compensatory increase under HC conditions. Wearing a lumbar corset while swinging a golf club can effectively decrease lumbar extension and rotation angles from impact until the end of the swing. These effects were significantly enhanced while wearing an HC

  18. Percutaneous pedicle screw and rod fixation with TLIF in a series of 14 patients with recurrent lumbar disc herniation.

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    Niesche, Marco; Juratli, Tareq A; Sitoci, Kerim-Hakan; Neidel, Julia; Daubner, Dirk; Schackert, Gabriele; Leimert, Mario

    2014-09-01

    To determine if minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) using the Medtronic Sextant system is a reliable surgical treatment option in patients with recurrent lumbar disc herniation, compared with the traditional open procedure. Clinical and radiographic data were retrospectively collected from a total of 33 patients who underwent single level lumbar fusion between 2007 and 2010. 14 underwent minimally invasive TLIF using the Sextant system, and the other 19 patients underwent the open procedure. All patients suffered from at least first recurrent lumbar disc herniation, and additionally from disc degeneration associated with erosive chondrosis Modic grade I-II due to previous surgical, non-instrumental interventions. Median operation time in the minimally invasive group was 140 min (95-190); average X-ray exposure time: 2.35 min (1.5-3.5); median postoperative resting time in hospital: 5 days (3-7). Postoperative pain relief and mobility improvement were documented with the visual analogue scale (6.9-3.0) and the Oswestry Disability Index (6.8-2.4). All patients benefited from surgery at follow up. These data were on many terms significantly superior compared with data of patients in the open surgery group. Percutaneous minimally invasive TLIF technique with the Medtronic Sextant system is a gentle, tissue protecting and safe alternative procedure for lumbar fusion in patients with recurrent lumbar disc herniation and erosive chondrosis. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. 华盛顿州独立门诊中心行微创内镜腰椎手术43例报道%Minimally invasive endoscopic-guided lumbar surgery in a free-standing outpatient center in Washington state:a clinical report of 43 patients

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    Solomon Kamson MD; Yelena Verbitskaya BS; Andrea Trescot MD; Michael N. Brown MD

    2013-01-01

      目的探讨在独立门诊中心应用微创内镜辅助技术行腰椎减压、椎间盘摘除手术的安全性、可行性及治疗效果.方法前瞻性观察43例在我门诊中心行微创内镜腰椎手术并当日出院的患者,术后3个月和6个月采用统一问卷行电话随访,随访结果送至华盛顿州医疗质量安全管理委员会.结果所有患者均在局麻下手术,平均手术时间为1.75 h,出血量均<50 ml,其中34例<5 ml.29例为单节段,14例为双节段.平均疼痛评分从术前7.27降至术后4.3,6例降至2以下,3例术后6个月降至0.39例 ( 90%)6个月内重返工作,33例 ( 76%)减少了阿片类药物服用,30例(70%)“满意”或“非常满意”.88%的患者愿意再次接受这种手术,而86%的患者愿意推荐给他人.无1例发生并发症.结论在独立门诊中心应用微创全内镜辅助技术行腰椎后路手术安全、有效.患者可以当日出院.%Objective In the literature, lumbar surgery has routinely been done in the hospital settings, with patients requiring up to 2-6 days post operation care on average. Here, we present 43 patients with discogenic low back and leg pain, who were successfully treated by minimally invasive lumbar spine surgical techniques and discharged the same day from the ambulatory surgery center. Thus far, we have found no added risks to these procedures in same day setting. We have an ongoing study focusing on long-term analysis of this clinical approach to lumbar spine surgery. This technique is safe, cost-effective, and within the scope of practice of a well-trained interventional pain physician.

  20. [Intradural lumbar disk hernia].

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    Alonso-Bartolomé, P; Canga, A; Vázquez-Barquero, A; García-Valtuille, R; Abascal, F; Cerezal, L

    2001-04-01

    Intradural disc herniation is a rare complication of degenerative disc disease. A correct diagnosis of this process is frequently difficult. If this entity is not preoperatively diagnosed and is omitted at surgery, severe neurologic sequels may be provoked. We report a case of a pathologically proven intradural disc herniation preoperatively diagnosed by MR imaging. Clinically, it was manifested by sudden onset of right leg ciatalgia and progressive right lower extremity weakness. The patient also referred a one-month history of sexual dysfunction. MR imaging revealed interruption of the low signal of the anulus fibrosus and of the posterior longitudinal ligament at L2-L3 level and a voluminous disc fragment migrated in the dural sac that showed rim enhancement with gadolinium.The clinical, neuroradiological, and surgical management of lumbar intradural disc herniation are reviewed.

  1. Lumbar spondylolysis: a review

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    Leone, Antonio; Magarelli, Nicola; Bonomo, Lorenzo [Dept. of Bioimaging and Radiological Sciences, Catholic Univ., Rome (Italy); Cianfoni, Alessandro [Dept. of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Medical Univ. of South Carolina, Charleston (United States); Cerase, Alfonso [General Hospital, Unit Neuroimaging and Neurointervention (NINT), Department of Neurosciences, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese, Siena (Italy)

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    Spondylolysis is an osseous defect of the pars interarticularis, thought to be a developmental or acquired stress fracture secondary to chronic low-grade trauma. It is encountered most frequently in adolescents, most commonly involving the lower lumbar spine, with particularly high prevalence among athletes involved in certain sports or activities. Spondylolysis can be asymptomatic or can be a cause of spine instability, back pain, and radiculopathy. The biomechanics and pathophysiology of spondylolysis are complex and debated. Imaging is utilized to detect spondylolysis, distinguish acute and active lesions from chronic inactive non-union, help establish prognosis, guide treatment, and to assess bony healing. Radiography with satisfactory technical quality can often demonstrate a pars defect. Multislice CT with multiplanar reformats is the most accurate modality for detecting the bony defect and may also be used for assessment of osseous healing; however, as with radiographs, it is not sensitive for detection of the early edematous stress response without a fracture line and exposes the patient to ionizing radiation. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging should be used as the primary investigation for adolescents with back pain and suspected stress reactions of the lumbar pars interarticularis. Several imaging pitfalls render MR imaging less sensitive than CT for directly visualizing the pars defects (regional degenerative changes and sclerosis). Nevertheless, the presence of bone marrow edema on fluid-sensitive images is an important early finding that may suggest stress response without a visible fracture line. Moreover, MR is the imaging modality of choice for identifying associated nerve root compression. Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) use is limited by a high rate of false-positive and false-negative results and by considerable ionizing radiation exposure. In this article, we provide a review of the current concepts regarding spondylolysis, its

  2. Lumbar peritoneal shunt

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    Yadav Yad

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A lumbar peritoneal (LP shunt is a technique of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF diversion from the lumbar thecal sac to the peritoneal cavity. It is indicated under a large number of conditions such as communicating hydrocephalus, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, normal pressure hydrocephalus, spinal and cranial CSF leaks, pseudomeningoceles, slit ventricle syndrome, growing skull fractures which are difficult to treat by conventional methods (when dural defect extends deep in the cranial base or across venous sinuses and in recurrent cases after conventional surgery, raised intracranial pressure following chronic meningitis, persistent bulging of craniotomy site after operations for intracranial tumors or head trauma, syringomyelia and failed endoscopic third ventriculostomy with a patent stoma. In spite of the large number of indications of this shunt and being reasonably good, safe, and effective, very few reports about the LP shunt exist in the literature. This procedure did not get its due importance due to some initial negative reports. This review article is based on search on Google and PubMed. This article is aimed to review indications, complications, results, and comparison of the LP shunt with the commonly practiced ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt. Shunt blocks, infections, CSF leaks, overdrainage and acquired Chiari malformation (ACM are some of the complications of the LP shunt. Early diagnosis of overdrainage complications and ACM as well as timely appropriate treatment especially by programmable shunts could decrease morbidity. Majority of recent reports suggest that a LP shunt is a better alternative to the VP shunt in communicating hydrocephalus. It has an advantage over the VP shunt of being completely extracranial and can be used under conditions other than hydrocephalus when the ventricles are normal sized or chinked. More publications are required to establish its usefulness in the treatment of wide variety of indications.

  3. Laparoscopic surgery for treatment of incisional lumbar hernia

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    M. Tobias-Machado

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To present results obtained with laparoscopic correction of incisional lumbar hernia in patients with minimum follow-up of 1 year. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We prospectively studied 7 patients diagnosed with incisional lumbar hernia after physical examination and computerized tomography. We used laparoscopic transperitoneal access through 3 ports. One polypropylene mesh was introduced in the abdominal cavity and fixed by titanium clamps to the margins of the hernia ring following release of the peritoneum. RESULTS: All cases were successfully completed with no conversion required. Mean surgical time was 120 minutes and discharge from hospital occurred between the 1st and the 2nd postoperative days. There were no intraoperative complications or hernia recurrence in any case. Postoperatively, we had 2 minor complications: one case of seroma that resolved spontaneously after 60 days and one patient presenting lumbar pain that persisted until the 3rd postoperative month. The return to usual activities occurred on average 3 weeks following intervention. Of the 7 patients, 6 were satisfied with the esthetical and functional effect produced by the procedure. CONCLUSIONS: The surgical correction of incisional lumbar hernia by laparoscopic access is an excellent option for a minimally invasive treatment, with adequate long-term results.

  4. Blood hsCRP And PGE2 Content With Clinical Outcome Using Modified Fenestrat Restorative Spinoplasty Better Than Lamonectomy-Fusion In Lumbar Stenosis

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    T Mahadewa; Sri Maliawan; A Raka-Sudewi; M. Wiryana

    2012-01-01

    Objective: Modified Fenestration-Restorative Spinoplasty (MFRS) technique is an alternative to lumbar stenosis treatment, providing the equal decompression comparing with laminectomy techniques, without the implant, less expensive and complication rates. The purpose of this study was to determine which technique gives better inflammation and clinical outcome based on high sensitive C-Reactive Protein biomarker (hsCRP) and Prostaglandin E2 (PGE 2), Visua...

  5. Pelvic parameters of sagittal balance in extreme lateral interbody fusion for degenerative lumbar disc disease.

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    Johnson, R D; Valore, A; Villaminar, A; Comisso, M; Balsano, M

    2013-04-01

    There is increasing interest in the use of pelvic indices to evaluate sagittal balance and predict outcomes in patients with spinal disease. Conventional posterior lumbar fusion techniques may adversely affect lumbar lordosis and spinal balance. Minimally invasive fusion of the lumbar spine is rapidly becoming a mainstay of treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease. To our knowledge there are no studies evaluating the effect of extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) on pelvic indices. Hence, our aim was to study the effect of XLIF on pelvic indices related to sagittal balance, and report the results of a prospective longitudinal clinical study and retrospective radiographic analyses of patients undergoing XLIF in a single centre between January 2009 and July 2011. Clinical outcomes are reported for 30 patients and the retrospective analyses of radiographic data is reported for 22 of these patients to assess global and segmental lumbar lordosis and pelvic indices. Effect of XLIF on the correction of scoliotic deformity was assessed in 15 patients in this series. A significant improvement was seen in the visual analogue scale score, the Oswestry Disability Index and the Short Form-36 at 2months and 6months (p0.2). Global lumbar lordosis was not affected by XLIF (p>0.4). XLIF significantly increased segmental lumbar lordosis by 3.3° (psagittal balance. Long-term follow-up with a larger cohort will be required to further evaluate the effects of XLIF on sagittal balance.

  6. Clinical outcomes of single-level minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion with tube work channel system%管状通道下微创经椎间孔入路单节段腰椎椎间融合术临床疗效

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    曾至立; 徐委; 荚龙; 于研; 胡笑; 吴周睿; 贾永伟; 王建杰; 程黎明

    2016-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical effectiveness of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) in single-level lumbar degeneration disease treatment.Methods We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 32 patients who underwent the MIS-TLIF surgery from Nov.2013 to Oct.2014 in Shanghai Tongji Hospital.Clinical and radiological outcomes including operation time,X-ray exposure,surgical blood loss,drainage blood loss,complications,visual analogue scores (VAS),Oswestry disability index (ODI) scores,average intervertebral space and fusion rate.VAS scores of low back and leg pain,ODI scores were recorded before and after surgery to evaluate the functional recovery,average intervertebral space height,lumbar and surgical Cobb angle were measured by X-rays before and after surgery to assess recovery of intervertebral space height and the change of lumbar kyphosis.The Bridwell criterion was used for evaluating the interbody fusion and the MacNab criterion was used for assessment after surgery.Results All the patients received successful surgery.The mean operative time was (171.9 ±31.1) min with (36.7 ± 16.4) seconds radiation exposure,and mean blood loss was (153.3 ± 64.8) ml,drainage blood loss was (58.9 ± 49.2) ml.All cases were followed up for (11.6 ± 3.3) months.Compared with preoperation,VAS score of low back and leg pain,ODI score and average intervertebral space showed significant improvements after surgery.There were 26 (81.3%) cases were grade Ⅰ and Ⅱ 3 months after surgery according to the Bridwell criteria while the number was 31 (96.9%) at the last follow-up.The clinical results were excellent in 22 cases,good in 8 cases and fair in 2 cases according to the MacNab criteria at the final follow-up.Conclusion MIS-TLIF under Spodight work channel system is a safe and effective procedure for single segment lumbar degenerative disease and it may offer patients additional advantages in less trauma and reduction of hospital stay

  7. Risk factors for incidental durotomy during lumbar surgery: a retrospective study by multivariate analysis.

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    Chen, Zhixiang; Shao, Peng; Sun, Qizhao; Zhao, Dong

    2015-03-01

    The purpose of the present study was to use a prospectively collected data to evaluate the rate of incidental durotomy (ID) during lumbar surgery and determine the associated risk factors by using univariate and multivariate analysis. We retrospectively reviewed 2184 patients who underwent lumbar surgery from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2011 at a single hospital. Patients with ID (n=97) were compared with the patients without ID (n=2019). The influences of several potential risk factors that might affect the occurrence of ID were assessed using univariate and multivariate analyses. The overall incidence of ID was 4.62%. Univariate analysis demonstrated that older age, diabetes, lumbar central stenosis, posterior approach, revision surgery, prior lumber surgery and minimal invasive surgery are risk factors for ID during lumbar surgery. However, multivariate analysis identified older age, prior lumber surgery, revision surgery, and minimally invasive surgery as independent risk factors. Older age, prior lumber surgery, revision surgery, and minimal invasive surgery were independent risk factors for ID during lumbar surgery. These findings may guide clinicians making future surgical decisions regarding ID and aid in the patient counseling process to alleviate risks and complications. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Long-term Treatment Effects of Lumbar Arthrodeses in Degenerative Disk Disease: A Systematic Review With Meta-Analysis.

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    Noshchenko, Andriy; Hoffecker, Lilian; Lindley, Emily M; Burger, Evalina L; Cain, Christopher M J; Patel, Vikas V

    2015-11-01

    Systematic review with meta-analysis. To (1) evaluate long-term patient-centered clinical outcomes after lumbar arthrodesis with or without decompression for lumbar spondylosis (LS); and (2) compare these outcomes with those of alternative treatments, including nonsurgical and surgical which maintain mobility of the lumbar spine. The effective treatment of LS is a complex clinical and economic concern for patients and health care providers. (1) randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs) comparing treatment effects of lumbar arthrodesis with other interventions; (2) participants: skeletally mature adults with lumbar degenerative disk disease. Ovid MEDLINE, Embase, the Cochrane Library, and others. All years through February of 2013 were included. Patient-centered clinical outcomes before treatment, at 12, 24, or >24 months of follow-up, and rate of complications and additional surgical treatment were collected. A meta-analysis was performed to evaluate pooled treatment effects. The GRADE approach was applied to evaluate the level of evidence. The review included 38 studies of 5738 participants. All studies showed strong or at least moderate treatment effects of lumbar arthrodesis at 12, 24, and 48-72 months of follow-up. The level of evidence was moderate at 12 and 24 months, and low at 48-72 months. The pooled long-term treatment effect of lumbar arthrodesis exceeded those of: nonsurgical treatment (Pinferiority versus arthroplasty at 12 and 24 months of follow-up (P<0.001), but not after 24 months postoperative. This review indicates that surgical stabilization of the lumbar spine is an effective treatment for LS; in particular, for patients with severe chronic low back pain that has been resistant to ≥3 months of conservative therapy.

  9. Biomechanange ical chof lumbar unilateral graded facetectomy and strategies of its microsurgical reconstruction: report of 23 cases

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    Zhou Yue; Luo Gang; Chu Tongwei; Wang Jian; Li Changqing; Zheng Wenjie; Zhang Zhengfeng; Hao Yong; Zhang Chao

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the lumbar stability and the primary clinical results of unilateral facetectomy, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) and unilateral pedicle screw fixation by X-Tube system. Methods: Five human lumbar cadaveric functional spine units(FSU) were obtained and graded facetectomy by 0, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4 were performed respectively on the left articular process of them. The stability of these 5 models was evaluated at flexion, extension, lateral bending and axial rotation. After a serial of biomechanical researches, 23 patients from June 2004 to March 2006 in our department underwent unilateral facetectomy, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (posterior lumbar interbody fusion) and unilateral pedicle screw instrumentation by X-Tube system. After general anaesthesia, with the guide of fluoroscopy and using X-Tube system, procedures of unilateral endoscopic faceteetomy, spinal nerve root decompression, autologus spongy bone transplantation, one cage oblique insertion and unilateral pedicle screw instrumentation were performed. Results: There was no significant difference in flexion, extension, lateral bending and axial rotation of lumbar motion range after unilateral graded facetectomy. The stability of left/right axial direction was greatly affected when the range of graded facetectomy exceed 1/2. According to the Nakai criteria, for the 23 patients, the clinical result was excellent in 15 (65.2%), good in 6 (26.1%) and fair in 2 (8.7%). The fusion rate was 95.6% in excellent and good cases. Although partial absorption of bone grafts was observed in 1 case which might indicate a unsuccessful fusion, there was no loosing and replacement of instrument and no clinical symptoms occurred. Conclusion: The lumbar stability will be affected significantly when the range of graded facetectomy exceeds 1/2. Procedures of unilateral facetectomy, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and unilateral pedicle screw fixation is an optional strategy

  10. Outcome of Percutaneous Lumbar Synovial Cyst Rupture in Patients with Lumbar Radiculopathy.

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    Eshraghi, Yashar; Desai, Vimal; Cajigal Cajigal, Calvin; Tabbaa, Kutaiba

    2016-01-01

    patients (30.0%) had recurrence of the synovial cyst requiring repeat rupture and 6 patients (20.0%) required surgical intervention for cyst removal. A Wilcoxon signed-rank test demonstrated that the difference in numeric pain rating scale scores before and after the procedure was statistically significant (P synovial cysts in patients with lumbar radiculopathy was associated with immediate relief of radicular symptoms. In 80% of the patients, synovial cyst rupture eliminated the need for surgical interventions over the measured term. This minimally invasive procedure helps relieve pain in a subset of a patient population associated with these characteristics and is useful for management of this condition. Cyst expansion and failure to rupture with possible neuronal compression are the potential complications of this procedure. This complication did not occur in the study population. Fluoroscopically guided lumbar synovial cyst rupture, lumbar synovial cyst, lumbar zygapophyseal joint cyst, nonsurgical intervention, radiculopathy, spondylosis.

  11. Risk factors for adjacent segment degeneration after surgical correction of degenerative lumbar scoliosis

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    Kee-yong Ha

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Degenerative lumbar scoliosis surgery can lead to development of adjacent segment degeneration (ASD after lumbar or thoracolumbar fusion. Its incidence, risk factors, morbidity and correlation between radiological and clinical symptoms of ASD have no consensus. We evaluated the correlation between the occurrence of radiologic adjacent segment disease and certain imperative parameters. Materials and Methods: 98 patients who had undergone surgical correction and lumbar/thoracolumbar fusion with pedicle screw instrumentation for degenerative lumbar scoliosis with a minimum 5 year followup were included in the study. We evaluated the correlation between the occurrence of radiologic adjacent segment disease and imperative patient parameters like age at operation, sex, body mass index (BMI, medical comorbidities and bone mineral density (BMD. The radiological parameters taken into consideration were Cobb′s angle, angle type, lumbar lordosis, pelvic incidence, intercristal line, preoperative existence of an ASD on plain radiograph and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and surgical parameters were number of the fusion level, decompression level, floating OP (interlumbar fusion excluding L5-S1 level and posterolateral lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF. Clinical outcomes were assessed with the Visual Analogue Score (VAS and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI. Results: ASD was present in 44 (44.9% patients at an average period of 48.0 months (range 6-98 months. Factors related to occurrence of ASD were preoperative existence of disc degeneration (as revealed by MRI and age at operation ( P = 0.0001, 0.0364. There were no statistically significant differences between radiological adjacent segment degeneration and clinical results (VAS, P = 0.446; ODI, P = 0.531. Conclusions: Patients over the age of 65 years and with preoperative disc degeneration (as revealed by plain radiograph and MRI were at a higher risk of developing ASD.

  12. Complications and outcomes of surgery for degenerative lumbar deformity in elderly patients

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    Kim HJ

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Hyo Jong Kim, Kyu Yeol Lee, Lih WangDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgery, College of Medicine, Dong-A University, Busan, KoreaBackground: The purpose of this study was to analyze the complications, clinical outcomes, and any correlative risk factors associated with degenerative lumbar deformity surgery in elderly patients.Methods: We reviewed 78 patients who underwent posterior decompression and posterolateral fusion requiring a minimum three-level fusion for degenerative lumbar deformity associated with spinal stenosis between May 2001 and May 2006, with at least a one-year follow-up period. We assessed and compared the postoperative complications and clinical outcomes for patients aged 65 years and over (group A and patients aged 50–64 years (group B. Risk factors that could influence complications and clinical outcome were evaluated and statistically analyzed.Results: The postoperative complication rate was not significantly different between the two age groups (53% in group A and 40% in group B; however, group A had a significantly higher frequency of minor complications than group B, especially for urinary retention and postoperative delirium. A statistical relationship between diabetes mellitus and deep wound infection, one of the major complications of degenerative lumbar deformity surgery, was observed in both group A and group B. Male sex was a risk factor for urinary retention and long operative time, and abundant blood loss was a significant risk factor for postoperative delirium in group A.Conclusion: There were no significant differences in results for degenerative lumbar deformity surgery between patients older and younger than 65 years. However, diabetes mellitus showed a significant correlation with deep wound infection, which is one of the major complications of degenerative lumbar deformity surgery, and with urinary retention and postoperative delirium, which occurred frequently in patients aged older than 65 years

  13. [Impact of sagittal balance parameters on life quality in elderly and senile patients after surgery for degenerative lumbar spine stenosis].

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    Klimov, V S; Vasilenko, I I; Evsyukov, A V; Amelina, E V

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    As the life span and proportion of people over 65 years increase, the incidence of degenerative lumbar spine stenosis grows proportionally. Various parameters of the spinopelvic relationships are used to predict surgical treatment outcomes in patients with degenerative spine diseases. There are no unified protocols for evaluation, in terms of the sagittal balance, of surgical treatment outcomes in elderly patients. To study the impact of sagittal balance parameters on the life quality of elderly and senile patients after surgery for degenerative stenosis of the lumbar spine. The study included 109 patients. Decompression was performed in the first group of 53 patients. Decompression and stabilization were performed in the second group of 27 patients. In the third group of 29 patients, XLIF indirect decompression, scoliosis correction, reconstruction of disturbed spinopelvic relationships, and stabilization were carried out. We evaluated the following sagittal balance parameters: pelvic incidence (PI), sacral slope (SS), pelvic tilt (PT), lumbar lordosis (LL), and PI minus LL (PI-LL). The quality of life indicators were assessed using VAS, ODI, and SF36 scores. In the first group, there were not statistically significant differences for PT≤20° and PT>20°. A statistically significant change in the PI-LL parameter (p=0.0263) was in the first group. A decrease in PI-LL was accompanied by regression of pain (p20° as well as PI-LL≤10° and PI-LL>10 in the postoperative period. In the third group, postoperative improvement in PT (p=0.0002) and PI-LL (p=0.0008) parameters was accompanied by a decrease in pain in the legs (p=0.0002) and lumbar spine (p=0.0001). Improvement in the quality of life indicators in 48.6% of cases was achieved by decompression only; the sagittal balance parameters had no significant impact on quality of life. In 24.8% of cases, improvement in the quality of life indicators was achieved by decompression and stabilization because the dominant

  14. Comparison of clinical outcome of two transforaminal lumbar interbody fusions for single-level degenerative lumbar disease%两种经椎间孔椎体间融合治疗单节段腰椎退行性疾病的疗效比较

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    刘新宇; 原所茂; 田永昊; 郑燕平; 王连雷; 李建民

    2015-01-01

    Objective To compare the clinical outcome of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (M-TLIF) and Wiltse-approach TLIF (W-TLIF) in treating single-level degenerative lumbar disease.Methods A retrospective review was performed on the 57 patients with single-level degenerative lumbar disorder managed via M-TLIF (n =27) and W-TLIF (n =30) from December 2009 to December 2010.In M-TLIF group degeneration at the L4-5 disc were noted in 11 cases and at the L5-S1 disc in 16 cases.And 19 cases were diagnosed with lumbar isthmus spondylolisthesis (17 with Grade Ⅰ spondylolisthesis and 2 with Grade Ⅱ spondylolisthesis),4 lumbar spinal stenosis and instability,2 lumbar disc herniation combined with huge posterior osteophytes,1 recurrent lumbar disc herniation after lumbar fenestration,and 1 recurrent lumbar spinal stenosis after decompression.In W-TLIF group degeneration at L4~5 disc were noted in 12 cases and at the L5-S1 disc in 18 cases.There were 19 cases diagnosed with lumbar isthmus spondylolisthesis (18 with Grade Ⅰ spondylolisthesis and 1 with Grade Ⅱ spondylolisthesis),3 with lumbar disc herniation,and 8 with lumbar spinal stenosis.Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA) score and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) were used to measure low back and leg pain.Modified Brantigan score was used to assess lumbar interbody fusion.Results Operative time was not significantly different between the two groups (P > 0.05).Incision length and mean blood loss were (5.1 ± 0.7) cm and (90.1 ± 10.5) ml in M-TLIF group,but were (6.9 ± 1.0)cm and (155.3 ±21.2)ml in W-TLIF group (P<0.05).At postoperative 1 and 3 days VAS in M-TLIF group was (2.1 ± 0.5) points and (1.0 ± 0.1) points respectively,but in W-TLIF group was (3.6 ± 0.1) points and (2.4 ± 1.0) points respectively (P < 0.05).Intraoperative X-ray fluoroscopy frequencies were (46 ± 9) times in M-TLIF group and (7 ± 2) times in W-TLIF group (P < 0.05).Mean period of follow-up was 26.7 months

  15. Analysis of Effect of Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Interbody Fusion and Open Surgery in Treating Lumbar Degenerative Disease%微创经椎间孔椎间融合术与开放术式治疗腰椎退行性病变的效果分析

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    王林杰; 孙国绍; 盛伟超; 吴青坡; 马龙; 汝强

    2015-01-01

    目的 探讨微创经椎间孔椎间融合术与开放术式治疗腰椎退行性病变的效果. 方法 研究对象整群选取于该院2013年6月-2014年6月接诊的86例腰椎退行性病变患者,随机将患者均分为对照组与观察组. 对照组患者给予开放术式治疗;观察组患者给予微创经椎间孔椎间融合术治疗.统计两组手术时长、术中出血量、住院时间、VAS评分,观察两组患者治疗效果. 结果 对照组与观察组治疗总有效率分别为:88.4%和90.7%,对比差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);手术时间,术中出血量、住院时间、术后VAS评分组间对比均差异有统计学意义(P0.05);The differences in opera-tion time, intraoperative blood loss, length of stay and VAS scores between the groups were significant (P<0.05). Conclusion The effects of minimally invasive TLIF and open surgical treatment for treating lumbar degenerative change is the same. Compared with the latter, the former is of less trauma, less pain and more conducive to early recovery after surgery.

  16. Posterior spinal decompression, stabilization and arthrodesis in Nigerian adults: Profile and outcome

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    O E Idowu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The availability of intraoperative fluoroscopy and improved access to varieties of spinal titanium implants has revived posterior spinal stabilization techniques with their distinct advantages. Our aim is to describe the profile of various spine pathologies requiring subaxial posterior spinal decompression, stabilization (using titanium implants, and arthrodesis, and to determine the rate of postoperative complications and factors affecting outcome. Materials and Methods: This is a prospective single institution study of consecutive adult patients seen during the study period. Data collected included the patients′ demographics, radiological findings, indication for surgery, surgical procedure, operation time, intraoperative blood loss, and postoperative complications. Results: There were 26 patients (15 males and 11 females. Their ages ranged between 24 and 78 years (median = 42 years. The most common indications for surgery were spinal trauma and degenerative spine disease (24 patients. The region that was most commonly stabilized was the lumbar- 12 cases (46.2%. No patients experienced neural or vascular injury as a result of screw position; likewise no patient had screw loosening. There was a case each of superficial surgical site infection and transient cerebrospinal fluid leak but no case of implant failure was encountered. The outcome was significantly associated with the etiology (0.030 of the indication for surgery and preoperative power grade (0.000. Conclusion: Spinal trauma and degenerative spine disease are the two most common indications for posterior spinal decompression, stabilization and fusion in our center. It is associated with acceptable postoperative complication rate when done under fluoroscopic guidance. Outcome is related more to the preoperative neurological deficit and etiology of the indication for surgical stabilization.

  17. Clinical outcome following micro-vascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia

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    Godugu Bhaskar Rao

    2015-07-01

    Conclusion: Micro-vascular decompression is safe and effective in producing good pain relief over a long term in patients with Trigeminal neuralgias refractive to medical treatment. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(7.000: 1741-1744

  18. Endoscopic Decompression, Detorsion, and Reduction of Sigmoid Volvulus

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    Shou-jiang Tang

    2014-04-01

    Conclusions: Sigmoid volvulus is a medical emergency and diagnosis requires a high index of suspicion. Emergent EDDR and decompression tube placement should be utilized as a first line treatment for patients with uncomplicated sigmoid volvulus.

  19. Decompression to altitude: assumptions, experimental evidence, and future directions.

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    Foster, Philip P; Butler, Bruce D

    2009-02-01

    Although differences exist, hypobaric and hyperbaric exposures share common physiological, biochemical, and clinical features, and their comparison may provide further insight into the mechanisms of decompression stress. Although altitude decompression illness (DCI) has been experienced by high-altitude Air Force pilots and is common in ground-based experiments simulating decompression profiles of extravehicular activities (EVAs) or astronauts' space walks, no case has been reported during actual EVAs in the non-weight-bearing microgravity environment of orbital space missions. We are uncertain whether gravity influences decompression outcomes via nitrogen tissue washout or via alterations related to skeletal muscle activity. However, robust experimental evidence demonstrated the role of skeletal muscle exercise, activities, and/or movement in bubble formation and DCI occurrence. Dualism of effects of exercise, positive or negative, on bubble formation and DCI is a striking feature in hypobaric exposure. Therefore, the discussion and the structure of this review are centered on those highlighted unresolved topics about the relationship between muscle activity, decompression, and microgravity. This article also provides, in the context of altitude decompression, an overview of the role of denitrogenation, metabolic gases, gas micronuclei, stabilization of bubbles, biochemical pathways activated by bubbles, nitric oxide, oxygen, anthropometric or physiological variables, Doppler-detectable bubbles, and potential arterialization of bubbles. These findings and uncertainties will produce further physiological challenges to solve in order to line up for the programmed human return to the Moon, the preparation for human exploration of Mars, and the EVAs implementation in a non-zero gravity environment.

  20. Differences between clinical "snap-shot" and "real-life" assessments of lumbar spine alignment and motion - What is the "real" lumbar lordosis of a human being?

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    Dreischarf, Marcel; Pries, Esther; Bashkuev, Maxim; Putzier, Michael; Schmidt, Hendrik

    2016-03-21

    The individual lumbar lordosis and lumbar motion have been identified to play an important role in pathogenesis of low back pain and are essential references for preoperative planning and postoperative evaluation. The clinical "gold-standard" for measuring lumbar lordosis and its motion are radiological "snap-shots" taken while standing and during upper-body flexion and extension. The extent to which these clinically assessed values characterise lumbar alignment and its motion in daily life merits discussion. A non-invasive measurement-system was employed to measure lumbar lordosis and lumbar motion in 208 volunteers (age: 20-74yrs; ♀/♂: 115/93). For an initial short-term measurement, comparable with the clinical "snap-shot", lumbar lordosis and its motion were assessed while standing and during flexion and extension. Subsequently, volunteers were released to their daily lives while wearing the device, and measurements were performed during the following 24h. The average lumbar lordosis during 24h (8.0°) differed significantly from the standardised measurement while standing (33.3°). Ranges of motion were significantly different throughout the day compared to standing measurements. The influence of the factors age and gender on lordosis and its motion resulted in conflicting results between long- and short-term-measurements. In conclusion, results of short-term examinations differ considerably from the average values during real-life. These findings might be important for surgical planning and increase the awareness of the biomechanical challenges that spinal structures and implants face in real-life. Furthermore, long-term assessments of spinal alignment and motion during daily life can provide valid data on spinal function and can reveal the importance of influential factors. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Surgical treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis with microdecompression and interspinous distraction device insertion. A case series

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    Ploumis Avraam

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Interspinous distraction devices (IPDD are indicated as stand-alone devices for the treatment of spinal stenosis. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the results of patients undergoing surgery for spinal stenosis with a combination of unilateral microdecompression and interspinous distraction device insertion. Methods This is a prospective clinical and radiological study of minimum 2 years follow-up. Twenty-two patients (average age 64.5 years with low-back pain and unilateral sciatica underwent decompressive surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis. Visual Analogue Scale, Oswestry Disability Index and walking capacity plus radiologic measurements of posterior disc height of the involved level and lumbar lordosis Cobb angle were documented both preoperatively and postoperatively. One-sided posterior subarticular and foraminal decompression was conducted followed by dynamic stabilization of the diseased level with an IPDD (X-STOP. Results The average follow-up time was 27.4 months. Visual Analogue Scale and Oswestry Disability Index improved statistically significantly (p Conclusions The described surgical technique using unilateral microdecompression and IPDD insertion is a clinically effective and radiologically viable treatment method for symptoms of spinal stenosis resistant to non-operative treatment.

  2. Surgical Outcome of Reduction and Instrumented Fusion in Lumbar Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

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    Farzad Omidi-Kashani

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis (LDS is a degenerative slippage of the lumbar vertebrae. We aimed to evaluate the surgical outcome of degenerative spondylolisthesis with neural decompression, pedicular screw fixation, reduction, and posterolateral fusion. Methods: This before-after study was carried out on 45 patients (37 female and 8 male with LDS operated from August 2008 to January 2011. The patients’ pain and disability were assessed by visual analogue scale (VAS and Oswestry disability index (ODI questionnaire. In surgery, we applied distraction force to facilitate slip reduction. All the intra- and postoperative complications were recorded. The paired t-test and Pearson correlation coefficient were used for statistical analysis. Results: The mean age of patients and mean follow-up period were 58.3±3.5 years and 31.2±4.8 months, respectively. The mean slip correction rate was 52.2% with a mean correction loss of 4.8%. Preoperative VAS and ODI improved from 8.8 and 71.6 to postoperative 2.1 and 28.7, respectively. Clinical improvement was more prominent in more reduced patients, but Pearson coefficient could not find a significant correlation. Conclusion: Although spinal decompression with fusion and posterior instrumentation in surgical treatment of the patients with LDS result in satisfactory outcome, vertebral reduction cannot significantly enhance the clinical improvement.

  3. Ultrasound-guided dry needling with percutaneous paratenon decompression for chronic Achilles tendinopathy.

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    Yeo, Andrea; Kendall, Namita; Jayaraman, Sunderarajan

    2016-07-01

    Chronic Achilles tendinopathy is a common overuse injury. There are several modalities of treatment, reflecting difficulties in management. In particular, due to the well-recognised surgical morbidity, treatment has steered towards less invasive routes. Previous studies have targeted pathology either inside or outside the tendon in isolation with varying results. This study aimed to target both pathological sites by combining dry needling with percutaneous hydrostatic decompression as a novel treatment. Twenty-one patients with 26 chronic, non-insertional Achilles tendinopathy were prospectively enrolled. Ultrasound-guided dry needling of neovascular areas and small-volume hydrostatic paratenon decompression was performed 6-weekly. Sonographic assessment of tendon thickness and neovascularity was undertaken. Following treatment, a standardised physiotherapy regime was adopted. Visual analogue scores (VAS) were used as the primary outcome measure. Telephonic interviews were carried out 12 and 24 months post-treatment. Twenty-four tendons (in 19 patients) were successfully treated. The mean treatment session was 2. There was no significant change in neovascularity or tendon thickness. Therapeutic intervention led to a significant improvement in VAS at rest (42.4 ± 24.4 vs. 18.4 ± 26.0, p = 0.0005) and during activity (72.8 ± 16.0 vs. 33.7 ± 23.2, p 75 % of patients were highly satisfied with their outcome with nearly half reporting complete resolution of their symptoms. >85 % were also able to return to their sporting interests. Combined therapy of dry needling with percutaneous hydrostatic paratenon decompression under ultrasound guidance is a well-tolerated procedure with good short- and long-term pain and functional outcomes. Prospective case series, Level IV.

  4. Intra-operative vertebroplasty combined with posterior cord decompression. A report of twelve cases.

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    Allegretti, Luca; Mavilio, Nicola; Fiaschi, Pietro; Bragazzi, Roberto; Pacetti, Mattia; Castelletti, Lara; Saitta, Laura; Castellan, Lucio

    2014-10-31

    Percutaneous vertebroplasty (VP) is a minimally invasive technique for the treatment of vertebral pathology providing early vertebral stabilization and pain relief. In cases of vertebral pathology complicated by spinal cord compression with associated neurological deficits, VP alone cannot be performed free of risks. We describe a combined approach in which decompressive laminectomy and intra-operative vertebroplasty (IVP) are performed during a single session. Among the 252 VP performed in our centre in the past three years, 12 patients (12 vertebral levels) with different pathologies (six symptomatic haemangiomas, two metastatic fractures, four osteoporotic fractures) were treated with an open procedure combined with surgery. All cases were treated with decompressive laminectomy and IVP (mono/bipeduncular or median-posterior trans-somatic access). Five patients with symptomatic haemangiomas were treated with endovascular embolization prior to the combined approach. A visual analogue scale (VAS) was applied to assess pain intensity before and after surgery. The neurological deficits were evaluated with an ASIA impairment scale. In all cases benefit from pain and neurological deficits was observed. The mean VAS score decreased from 7.8 to 2.5 after surgery. The ASIA score improved in all cases (five cases from D to E and five cases from C to D). No clinical complications were observed. In one case a CT scan performed after the procedure showed a foraminal accumulation of PMMA, but the patient referred no symptoms. IVP can be successfully applied in different pathologies affecting the vertebrae. In our limited series this approach proved safe and efficient to provide decompression of spinal cord and dural sac and vertebral body stabilization in a single session.

  5. [Lateral lumbar disk hernia].

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    Monod, A; Desmoineaux, P; Deburge, A

    1990-01-01

    Lateral lumbar disc herniations (L.D.H.) develop in the foramen, and compress the nerve root against the overlying vertebral pedicle. In our study of L.D.H. from the clinical, radiographical, and therapeutical aspects, we reviewed 23 cases selected from the 590 patients treated for discal herniation from 1984 to 1987. The frequency of L.D.H. in this series was 3.8 per cent. The clinical pattern brings out some suggestive signs of L.D.H. (frequency of cruralgia, a seldom very positive Lasegue's test, the paucity of spinal signs, non impulsive pain). Saccoradiculography and discography rarely evidenced the L.D.H.. The T.D.M. was the investigation of choice on condition that it was correctly used. When the image was doubtful, disco-CT confirmation should be proceeded too. This latter method of investigation enabled the possibility of sequestration to be explored. 14 patients were treated by chemonucleolysis, with 9 successful outcomes. The 5 failures were cases where chemonucleolysis should not have been indicated, mainly due to associated osseous stenosis. 9 patients underwent immediate surgery with good results in each case.

  6. [Lumbar stabilization exercises].

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    Vásquez-Ríos, Jorge Rodrigo; Nava-Bringas, Tania Inés

    2014-01-01

    Antecedentes: el ejercicio es la intervención con mayor grado de evidencia de eficacia para el tratamiento del dolor crónico de la espalda baja, con beneficio superior en términos de dolor y funcionalidad, en comparación con cualquiera otra intervención. Existe una amplia variedad de ejercicios diseñados; sin embargo, actualmente los llamados ejercicios de estabilización lumbar adquiririeron una popularidad creciente entre los clínicos que están en contacto con enfermedades de la columna. Sin embargo, existe controversia en cuanto a la prescripción adecuada de los mismos y los múltiples protocolos publicados. Objetivo: analizar la bibliografía científica acerca del uso y prescripción de estos ejercicios para favorecer la mejor toma de decisiones enlos clínicos y diseñar, con base a la evidencia, el programa más adecuado para cada paciente. Conclusión: se encontró que este programa es una herramienta esencial en el tratamiento del dolor de espalda baja, en la etapa terapéutica y en la preventiva.

  7. Advancing the healthy development of percutaneous lumbar endoscopic techniques%促进经皮腰椎内镜技术的健康发展

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    侯树勋; 李振宙

    2013-01-01

    With the development and evolution of percutaneous lumbar endoscopic techniques in recent 2 decades, more and more lumbar spine disorder can be solved with minimally invasive spine surgery, especially in lumbar disc herniation and chronic low back pain. A series of percutaneous endoscopic discectomy techinques have been established for different sorts of lumbar disc herniation, including YESS technique, far lateral approach transforaminal endoscopic discectomy, TESSYS technique, percutaneous foraminoplasty, interlaminar approach percutaneous endoscopic discectomy, interlaminar full endoscopic discectomy, etc. As to chronic low back pain, postolateral transforaminal endoscopic selective discectomy, thermal annuloplasty and dorsal endoscopic rhizotomy are developed to treat discogenic low back pain and lumbar zygopophyseal joint pain respectively. Although above-mentioned techniques need further evolution, rational application of these techniques can benefit most of the patients with lumbar disc herniation and chronic low back pain.

  8. Arthroscopic Decompression for a Giant Meniscal Cyst.

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    Ohishi, Tsuyoshi; Suzuki, Daisuke; Matsuyama, Yukihiro

    2016-01-01

    The authors report the case of a giant medial meniscal cyst in an osteoarthritic knee of an 82-year-old woman that was successfully treated with only arthroscopic cyst decompression. The patient noticed a painful mass on the medial side of the right knee that had been gradually growing for 5 years. Magnetic resonance imaging showed an encapsulated large medial cystic mass measuring 80×65×40 mm that was adjacent to the medial meniscus. An accompanying horizontal tear was also detected in the middle and posterior segments of the meniscus. The medial meniscus was resected up to the capsular attachment to create bidirectional flow between the joint and the cyst with arthroscopic surgery. Magnetic resonance imaging performed 14 months postoperatively showed that the cyst had completely disappeared, and no recurrence was observed during a 2-year follow-up period. An excellent result could be obtained by performing limited meniscectomy to create a channel leading to the meniscal cyst, even though the cyst was large. Among previously reported cases of meniscal cysts, this case is the largest to be treated arthroscopically without open excision.

  9. Endoscopic Lumbar Sympathectomy for Women: Effect on Compensatory Sweat

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    de Paula Loureiro, Marcelo; de Campos, José Ribas Milanez; Kauffman, Paulo; Jatene, Fábio Biscegli; Weigmann, Sheila; Fontana, Aline

    2008-01-01

    INTRODUCTION Plantar hyperhidrosis is present in 50% of patients with hyperhidrosis. Thoracic sympathectomy is an important tool for the treatment of this condition, which is successful in about 60% of patients. For the remaining patients, lumbar sympathectomy is the procedure of choice. As new minimally invasive techniques have been developed, a significant demand for this type of access has led to its adaptation to the lumbar sympathectomy. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of endoscopic retroperitoneal lumbar sympathectomy in controlling plantar hyperhidrosis and its effects on compensatory sweat. MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty female patients with persistent plantar hyperhidrosis after thoracic sympathectomy were enrolled. They were randomly assigned to laparoscopic retroperitoneal lumbar sympathectomy (Group A) or no surgical intervention (Group B - control) groups. Quality-of-life modifications were assessed by specific questionnaires before and after surgery. In the same manner, direct sweat measurements were also performed pre- and post-intervention by evaluating trans-epidermal water loss. Despite the lack of intervention, the control group was evaluated at similar timepoints. RESULTS In Group A, no major complications occurred in the peri-operative period. During the immediate post-operative period, three patients (20%) experienced prolonged pain (more than ten days). Eight patients suffered from worsened compensatory sweating (53.3%). In Group A, after lumbar sympathectomy, the quality of life significantly improved (psympathectomy resulted in significantly lower values of foot sweat (pre- vs. post-operative periods, psympathectomy diminishes plantar sweat and improves the quality of life of women with plantar hyperhidrosis. However, about half of the patients develop increased compensatory hyperhidrosis in other areas of the body. PMID:18438572

  10. NEUROMUSCULAR CONTROL IN LUMBAR DISORDERS

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    Ville Leinonen

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Impaired motor and sensory functions have been associated with low back pain (LBP. This includes disturbances in a wide range of sensorimotor control e.g. sensory dysfunctions, impaired postural responses and psychomotor control. However, the physiological mechanisms, clinical relevance and characteristics of these findings in different spinal pathologies require further clarification. The purposes of this study were to investigate postural control, lumbar muscle function, movement perception and associations between these findings in healthy volunteers (n=35, patients with lumbar disc herniation (n=20 and lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS, n=26. Paraspinal muscle responses for sudden upper limb loading and muscle activation during flexion-extension movement and the lumbar endurance test were measured by surface electromyography (EMG. Postural stability was measured on a force platform during two- and one-footed standing. Lumbar movement perception was assessed in a motorised trunk rotation unit in the seated position. In addition, measurements of motor-(MEP and somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP and needle EMG examination of lumbar multifidus muscles were performed in the LSS patients. Clinical and questionnaire data were also recorded. A short latency paraspinal muscle response (~50 ms for sudden upper limb loading was observed. The latency of the response was shortened by expectation (p=0.017. The response latency for unexpected loading was similar in healthy persons and disc herniation patients but the latency was not shortened by expectation in the patients (p = 0.014. Also impaired postural control (p < 0.05 and lumbar movement perception (p = 0.012 were observed in disc herniation patients. The impaired lumbar movement perception (p=0.054 and anticipatory muscle activation (p = 0.043 tended to be restored after successful surgery but postural control had still not recovered after 3 months of follow-up. The majority of LSS patients were unable

  11. Outcome of minimally invasive surgery in the management of tuberculous spondylitis

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    Pankaj Kandwal

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: With the advancement of instrumentation and minimally access techniques in the field of spine surgery, good surgical decompression and instrumentation can be done for tuberculous spondylitis with known advantage of MIS (minimally invasive surgery. The aim of this study was to assess the outcome of the minimally invasive techniques in the surgical treatment of patients with tuberculous spondylodiscitis. Materials and Methods: 23 patients (Group A with a mean age 38.2 years with single-level spondylodiscitis between T4-T11 treated with video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS involving anterior debridement and fusion and 15 patients (Group B with a mean age of 32.5 years who underwent minimally invasive posterior pedicle screw instrumentation and mini open posterolateral debridement and fusion were included in study. The study was conducted from Mar 2003 to Dec 2009 duration. The indication of surgery was progressive neurological deficit and/or instability. The patients were evaluated for blood loss, duration of surgery, VAS scores, improvement in kyphosis, and fusion status. Improvement in neurology was documented and functional outcome was judged by oswestry disability index (ODI. Results: The mean blood loss in Group A (VATS category was 780 ml (330-1180 ml and the operative time averaged was 228 min (102-330 min. The average preoperative kyphosis in Group A was 38° which was corrected to 30°. Twenty-two patients who underwent VATS had good fusion (Grade I and Grade II with failure of fusion in one. Complications occurred in seven patients who underwent VATS. The mean blood loss was 625 ml (350-800 ml with an average duration of surgery of 255 min (180-345 min in the percutaneous posterior instrumentation group (Group B. The average preoperative segmental (kyphosis Cobb′s angle of three patients with thoracic TB in Group B was 41.25° (28-48°, improved to 14.5°(11°- 21° in the immediate postoperative period (71

  12. Allometric scaling of decompression sickness risk in terrestrial mammals; cardiac output explains risk of decompression sickness

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    Fahlman, Andreas

    2017-02-01

    A probabilistic model was used to predict decompression sickness (DCS) outcome in pig (70 and 20 kg), hamster (100 g), rat (220 g) and mouse (20 g) following air saturation dives. The data set included 179 pig, 200 hamster, 360 rat, and 224 mouse exposures to saturation pressures ranging from 1.9–15.2 ATA and with varying decompression rates (0.9–156 ATA • min‑1). Single exponential kinetics described the tissue partial pressures (Ptiss) of N2: Ptiss =  ∫(Pamb – Ptiss) • τ‑1 dt, where Pamb is ambient N2 pressure and τ is a time constant. The probability of DCS [P(DCS)] was predicted from the risk function: P(DCS) = 1‑e‑r, where r = ∫(PtissN2 ‑ Thr ‑ Pamb) • Pamb–1 dt, and Thr is a threshold parameter. An equation that scaled τ with body mass included a constant (c) and an allometric scaling parameter (n), and the best model included n, Thr, and two c. The final model provided accurate predictions for 58 out of 61 dive profiles for pig, hamster, rat, and mouse. Thus, body mass helped improve the prediction of DCS risk in four mammalian species over a body mass range covering 3 orders of magnitude.

  13. Endoscopic endonasal transclival transodontoid approach for ventral decompression of the craniovertebral junction: operative technique and nuances.

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    Liu, James K; Patel, Jimmy; Goldstein, Ira M; Eloy, Jean Anderson

    2015-04-01

    The transoral approach is considered the gold-standard surgical route for performing anterior odontoidectomy and ventral decompression of the craniovertebral junction for pathological conditions that result in symptomatic cervicomedullary compression, including basilar invagination, rheumatoid pannus, platybasia with retroflexed odontoid processes, and neoplasms. Extended modifications to increase the operative corridor and exposure include the transmaxillary, extended "open-door" maxillotomy, transpalatal, and transmandibular approaches. With the advent of extended endoscopic endonasal skull base techniques, there has been increased interest in the last decade in the endoscopic endonasal transclival transodontoid approach to the craniovertebral junction. The endonasal route represents an attractive minimally invasive surgical alternative, especially in cases of irreducible basilar invagination in which the pathology is situated well above the palatine line. Angled endoscopes and instrumentation can also be used for lower-lying pathology. By avoiding the oral cavity and subsequently using a transoral retractor, the endonasal route has the advantages of avoiding complications related to tongue swelling, tracheal swelling, prolonged intubation, velopharyngeal insufficiency, dysphagia, and dysphonia. Postoperative recovery is quicker, and hospital stays are shorter. In this report, the authors describe and illustrate their method of purely endoscopic endonasal transclival odonotoidectomy for anterior decompression of the craniovertebral junction and describe various operative pearls and nuances of the technique for avoiding complications.

  14. Endoscopic lumbar sympathectomy for women: effect on compensatory sweat

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    Marcelo de Paula Loureiro

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Plantar hyperhidrosis is present in 50% of patients with hyperhidrosis. Thoracic sympathectomy is an important tool for the treatment of this condition, which is successful in about 60% of patients. For the remaining patients, lumbar sympathectomy is the procedure of choice. As new minimally invasive techniques have been developed, a significant demand for this type of access has led to its adaptation to the lumbar sympathectomy. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of endoscopic retroperitoneal lumbar sympathectomy in controlling plantar hyperhidrosis and its effects on compensatory sweat. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty female patients with persistent plantar hyperhidrosis after thoracic sympathectomy were enrolled. They were randomly assigned to laparoscopic retroperitoneal lumbar sympathectomy (Group A or no surgical intervention (Group B - control groups. Quality-of-life modifications were assessed by specific questionnaires before and after surgery. In the same manner, direct sweat measurements were also performed pre- and post-intervention by evaluating trans-epidermal water loss. Despite the lack of intervention, the control group was evaluated at similar timepoints. RESULTS: In Group A, no major complications occurred in the peri-operative period. During the immediate post-operative period, three patients (20% experienced prolonged pain (more than ten days. Eight patients suffered from worsened compensatory sweating (53.3%. In Group A, after lumbar sympathectomy, the quality of life significantly improved (p<0.05, intra-group comparison beyond that of the control group (p<0.05, inter-group comparison. Also, lumbar sympathectomy resulted in significantly lower values of foot sweat (pre- vs. post-operative periods, p<0.05; Group A vs. Group B, p<0.05. These patients also developed higher values of sweat measurements on specific points of their dorsal and abdominal regions after the procedure (p<0

  15. Preoperative education for lumbar surgery for radiculopathy

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    Louw, A; Louw, Q; L. Crous

    2009-01-01

    To date no studies have been published on preoperative education forpatients who had lumbar surgery. The aim of this study was to determine if there is a demand for preoperative education for patients who had lumbar surgery for radiculopathy. A convenience sample of 47 patients who had lumbar surgery and a random sample of 141 physiotherapists involved in treating patients who had lumbar surgery completed a newly developed spinal surgery questionnaire. The data were analyzed using descriptive...

  16. 棘突间动态稳定装置Wallis治疗腰椎退行性疾病中长期随访效果分析%Intermediate and long-term follow-up evaluation of posterior dynamic lumbar stabilization in lumbar degenerative disease

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    徐林; 俞兴; 毕连涌; 柳根哲; 李鹏洋; 曲弋; 焦勇

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨棘突间动态稳定装置Wallis治疗腰椎退行性疾病的中长期效果.方法 回顾性分析2007年8月至2010年1月采用Wallis或结合固定融合方法治疗腰椎退行性疾病并有2年以上随访的96例患者资料,其中男性51例,女性45例;年龄21 ~ 68岁,平均41.5岁.采用疼痛视觉模拟量表(VAS)1 00分法和中华医学会骨科分会脊柱外科学组腰椎手术疗效标准评估手术短期和中长期疗效,测量分析术前、术后3个月和末次随访时Wallis植入节段椎间盘终板高度,随访有无Wallis相关并发症及患者对手术的满意度,部分患者MRI检查分析Wallis植入节段术后椎间盘影像学变化.结果 术前、术后3个月及末次随访疼痛VAS评分分别为78 ±24、28±16和14±12,采用配对t检验,术后3个月及末次随访疼痛VAS评分较术前明显下降(t=2.634和2.653,P<0.01);末次随访疼痛VAS评分较术后3个月也有下降(t=2.147,P<0.05).术后末次随访功能恢复优良率为91.7%,患者手术整体满意率为95.8%,术前、术后3个月和末次随访时Wallis植入节段椎间盘终板高度分别为(8.2±3.7)、(10.4±2.6)和(10.1±1.9) mm,MRI检查未发现植入节段间盘退变加速、部分患者可见椎间盘水化.结论 棘突间动态稳定装置Wallis或结合固定融合方法治疗腰椎退行性疾病简便安全,2年以上中长期随访疗效良好,为腰椎退行性疾病的手术治疗增加了一种新的选择.%Objective To evaluate the intermediate and long-term follow-up effect of posterior dynamic lumbar stabilization in lumbar degenerative disease.Methods The clinical outcomes of 96 patients (male 51,female 45,age from 21 to 68 years,mean 41.5 years) whose follow-up time were more than 2 years with lumbar degenerative disease treated by posterior decompression with Wallis posterior dynamic lumbar stabilization implant or combined with posterior lumbar fusion from August 2007 to January 2010 were

  17. Segmentalliverincarcerationthrougha recurrent incisional lumbar hernia

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    Nikolaos S. Salemis; Konstantinos Nisotakis; Stavros Gourgiotis; Efstathios Tsohataridis

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Lumbar hernia is a rare congenital or acquired defect of the posterior abdominal wall. The acquired type is more common and occurs mainly as an incisional defect after lfank surgery. Incarceration or strangulation of hernia contents is uncommon. METHOD: Segmental liver incarceration through a recurrent incisional lumbar defect was diagnosed in a 58 years old woman by magnetic resonance imaging. RESULTS: The patient underwent an open repair of the com-plicated hernia. An expanded polytetralfouoroethylene (e-PTFE) mesh was fashioned as a sublay prosthesis. She had an uncomplicated postoperative course. Follow-up examinations revealed no evidence of recurrence. CONCLUSIONS: Although lumbar hernia rarely results in incarceration or strangulation, early repair is necessary because of the risks of complications and the increasing dififculty in repairment as it enlarges. Surgical repair is often dififcult and challenging.

  18. [Congenital lumbar hernia and bilateral renal agenesis].

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    Barrero Candau, R; Garrido Morales, M

    2007-04-01

    We report a new case of congenital lumbar hernia. This is first case reported of congenital lumbar hernia and bilateral renal agenesis. We review literature and describe associated malformations reported that would be role out in every case of congenital lumbar hernia.

  19. Decompression</