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Clinical and radiological comparison of posterolateral fusion and posterior interbody fusion techniques for multilevel lumbar spinal stabilization in manual workers.
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PMID:  25346809     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
STUDY DESIGN: Eighty-four patients who had been treated for degenerative spinal diseases between January 2006 and June 2009 were reviewed retrospectively.
PURPOSE: We aimed to compare the clinical and radiologic findings of manual workers who underwent posterolateral fusion (PLF) or posterior interbody fusion (PLIF) involving fusion of 3 or more levels of the spine.
OVERVIEW OF LITERATURE: Previous studies have concluded that there is no significant difference between the clinical outcome of PLF and PLIF techniques.
METHODS: After standard decompression, 42 patients underwent PLF and the other 42 patients underwent PLIF. Radiologic findings, Oswestry disability index (ODI) scores, and visual analogue scale (VAS) scores were assessed preoperatively and at 6-month intervals postoperatively and return to work times/rates were assessed for 48 months.
RESULTS: Patients who underwent PLF had significantly shorter surgical time and less blood loss. According to the 48-month clinical results, ODI and VAS scores were reduced significantly in the two groups, but the PLIF group showed better results than the PLF group at the last follow-up. Return to work rate was 63% in the PLF group and 87% in the PLIF group. Union rates were found to be 81% and 89%, respectively, after 24 months (p=0.154).
CONCLUSIONS: PLIF is a preferable technique with respect to stability and correction, but the result does not depend on only the fusion rates. Discectomy and fusion mass localization should be considered for achieving clinical success with the fusion technique. Before performing PLIF, the association of the long operative time and high blood loss with mortality and morbidity should be taken into consideration, particularly in the elderly and disabled patients.
Hayati Aygün; Albert Cakar; Nergiz Hüseyinoğlu; Urfettin Hüseyinoğlu; Recep Celik
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2014-10-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Asian spine journal     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1976-1902     ISO Abbreviation:  Asian Spine J     Publication Date:  2014 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-10-27     Completed Date:  2014-10-27     Revised Date:  2014-10-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101314177     Medline TA:  Asian Spine J     Country:  Korea (South)    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  571-80     Citation Subset:  -    
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