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[Operative treatment of upper lumbar disc herniation with modified transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion]

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the surgical methods and clinical results of modified transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and internal fixation for the treatment of upper lumbar disc herniation. METHODS: Clinical data of 32 cases of upper lumbar disc herniation in our department from June 2005 to June 2009 were retrospectively analyzed. There were 21 males and 11 females, the age from 24 to 59 years with an average of 38.5 years. All the cases were treated by the use of nucleus pulposus removed, modified transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) and internal fixation with pedicle screw system. All patients were followed up with an average of 9 months (from 3 to 18 months), according to Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA) scores and visual analogue scores (VAS) to evaluate clinical effects. RESULTS: All the cases were followed up from 3 to 18 months with an average of 9 months and the fusion rate was 100%. The JOA sores before and after operation were 10.5 +/- 2.1, 26.2 +/- 2.4 respectively, and the improvement rate was 84.9%. The VAS before and after operation was 7.2 +/- 1.3 and 1.4 +/- 1.1 respectively, and the rate of catabatic pain was 80.6%. Lumbar rigidity and unwell had 4 cases, obviously leg pain had 2 cases after operation, but the systems vanished gradually at 1-8 weeks after non-operative treatment. CONCLUSION: Modified transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion has the advantages of simple, safe operation and thoroughly decompression, and it is a therapeutic method for upper lumbar disc herniation

Keywords : Adult,China,Female,Follow-Up Studies,Humans,Internal Fixators,Intervertebral Disc Displacement,Leg,Lumbar Vertebrae,Male,methods,Middle Aged,Pain,pathology,physiopathology,Spinal Fusion,surgery,therapy,Treatment Outcome,, Treatment,Upper,Lumbar,Disc, vista mri

Date of Publication : 2010 Apr

Authors : Wei Z;Xia Q;Jiang HL;Li LX;Shao XP;

Organisation : Department of Orthopaedics, Centre Hospital of Zaozhuang Mining Industry Corp., Zaozhuang 277011, Shandong, China

Journal of Publication : Zhongguo Gu Shang

Pubmed Link : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20486390

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