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Prevalence of Chronic Pain After Spinal Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis – Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

The article discusses the frequency of chronic pain after spinal surgery, specifically focusing on patients who have undergone a discectomy for degenerative disc disease and low back pain. The authors conducted a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis, analyzing 16 studies with a total of 85,643 patients. The results showed that the pooled prevalence of persistent pain after surgery was 14.97%. This suggests that even with advancements in technology and surgical techniques, a significant number of patients still experience failed back surgery syndrome. The article emphasizes the importance of preoperative communication and coordinated treatment strategies to improve outcomes for these patients

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Degenerative disc disease and low back pain are common challenges that persist even after a discectomy. However, characterizations and quantifications of these illnesses from the patients’ perspective are insufficient. We aimed to perform a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis to determine the frequency of chronic pain after spinal surgery. We searched MEDLINE (PubMed), Google Scholar, and the Saudi Digital Library to retrieve research articles describing the frequency of…

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Cureus. 2023 Jul 13;15(7):e41841. doi: 10.7759/cureus.41841. eCollection 2023 Jul.ABSTRACTDegenerative disc disease and low back pain are common challenges that persist even after a discectomy. However, characterizations and quantifications of these illnesses from the patients’ perspective are insufficient. We aimed to perform a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis to determine the frequency of chronic,

Cureus. 2023 Jul 13;15(7):e41841. doi: 10.7759/cureus.41841. eCollection 2023 Jul.

ABSTRACT

Degenerative disc disease and low back pain are common challenges that persist even after a discectomy. However, characterizations and quantifications of these illnesses from the patients’ perspective are insufficient. We aimed to perform a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis to determine the frequency of chronic pain after spinal surgery. We searched MEDLINE (PubMed), Google Scholar, and the Saudi Digital Library to retrieve research articles describing the frequency of persistent back pain, reoccurring disc herniation, and undergoing another operation following primary lumbar discectomy. We excluded articles that did not disclose the proportion of patients who experienced ongoing back or leg pain for over six months after the operation. We included 16 studies evaluating 85,643 patients. The pooled prevalence of persistent pain was 14.97% (95% confidence interval: 12.38-17.76). With all advancements in technology and operation techniques, many patients (14.97%) still have failed back surgery syndrome. Appropriate preoperative communication and multidisciplinary and coordinated treatment strategies yielded the best results.

PMID:37575867 | PMC:PMC10423077 | DOI:10.7759/cureus.41841

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Prevalence of Chronic Pain After Spinal Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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