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Tubular Discectomy Resulted in Greater Leg and Back Pain and a Lower Rate of Recovery Than Conventional Microdiscectomy for Sciatica

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Source of funding: Dutch Health Care Insurance Board.
For correspondence: Dr. M.P. Arts, Department of Neurosurgery, Medical Center Haaglanden, Lijnbaan 32, The Hague, 2512 VA The Netherlands. E-mail address: m.arts@mchaaglanden.nl
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Arts  MP,  Brand  R,  van den Akker  ME,  Koes  BW,  Bartels  RH,  Peul  WC; Leiden-The Hague Spine Intervention Prognostic Study Group (SIPS). Tubular Diskectomy vs Conventional Microdiskectomy for Sciatica: A Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA.2009Jul 8;302:149-58.

J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2010 Feb 01;92(2):475-475. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.9202.ebo443
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