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Patient Outcomes after Reoperation on the Lumbar Spine*
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Investigation performed at Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 1996 May 01;78(5):706-11
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A consecutive series of thirty-nine patients who had had a reoperation on the lumbar spine was followed for an average of forty-eight months (range, twenty-four to eighty-six months). The patients were evaluated with regard to pain, functional status, and work status. Twenty-eight patients (72 per cent) had a successful outcome, as determined by their ability to return to work, their lack of a need for narcotic analgesics, and their satisfaction with the operative result. Factors that were significantly associated with a successful outcome included a younger age (p < 0.02), working outside of the home (p < 0.05), an initial period of improvement after the previous (index) operation (p < 0.01), fewer spinal levels operated on previously (p < 0.05), and a revision procedure incorporating anterior interbody arthrodesis (p < 0.02).

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