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Low Back Pain: Current Surgical Approaches.

Baliga S, Treon K, Craig NJ - Asian Spine J (2015)

Bottom Line: Most individuals do not seek medical care and are not disabled by their pain once it is managed by nonoperative measures.Established minimally invasive spine surgery techniques (MISS) aim to reduce all of these complications and they include laparoscopic anterior lumbar interbody fusion and MISS posterior instrumentation with pedicle screws and rods.We outline the basic concepts of the procedures mentioned above as well as explore some of the novel surgical therapies available for chronic LBP.

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Affiliation: Department of Elective Orthopaedics, Woodend Hospital, Aberdeen, UK.

ABSTRACT
Low back pain (LBP) is a worldwide phenomenon. The UK studies place LBP as the largest single cause of absence from work; up to 80% of the population will experience LBP at least once in their lifetime. Most individuals do not seek medical care and are not disabled by their pain once it is managed by nonoperative measures. However, around 10% of patients go on to develop chronic pain. This review outlines the basics of the traditional approach to spinal surgery for chronic LBP secondary to osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine as well as explains the novel concepts and terminology of back pain surgery. Traditionally, the stepwise approach to surgery starts with local anaesthetic and steroid injection followed by spinal fusion. Fusion aims to alleviate pain by preventing movement between affected spinal segments; this commonly involves open surgery, which requires large soft tissue dissection and there is a possibility of blood loss and prolonged recovery time. Established minimally invasive spine surgery techniques (MISS) aim to reduce all of these complications and they include laparoscopic anterior lumbar interbody fusion and MISS posterior instrumentation with pedicle screws and rods. Newer MISS techniques include extreme lateral interbody fusion and axial interbody fusion. The main problem of fusion is the disruption of the biomechanics of the rest of the spine; leading to adjacent level disease. Theoretically, this can be prevented by performing motion-preserving surgeries such as total disc replacement, facet arthroplasty, and non fusion stabilisation. We outline the basic concepts of the procedures mentioned above as well as explore some of the novel surgical therapies available for chronic LBP.

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Figure 3: A picture of interspinous spacer (SMS Q Spine) implanted between the spinous process of two lumbar vertebrae.

Mentions: The advantages of interspinous devices are that they have lower risk than pedicle screws (which can penetrate neural elements of the cord/cauda equina). Most studies concluded that the results are similar to those of fusion and decompression although they can work very well in selected cases (Fig. 3).


Low Back Pain: Current Surgical Approaches.

Baliga S, Treon K, Craig NJ - Asian Spine J (2015)

A picture of interspinous spacer (SMS Q Spine) implanted between the spinous process of two lumbar vertebrae.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 3: A picture of interspinous spacer (SMS Q Spine) implanted between the spinous process of two lumbar vertebrae.
Mentions: The advantages of interspinous devices are that they have lower risk than pedicle screws (which can penetrate neural elements of the cord/cauda equina). Most studies concluded that the results are similar to those of fusion and decompression although they can work very well in selected cases (Fig. 3).

Bottom Line: Most individuals do not seek medical care and are not disabled by their pain once it is managed by nonoperative measures.Established minimally invasive spine surgery techniques (MISS) aim to reduce all of these complications and they include laparoscopic anterior lumbar interbody fusion and MISS posterior instrumentation with pedicle screws and rods.We outline the basic concepts of the procedures mentioned above as well as explore some of the novel surgical therapies available for chronic LBP.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Elective Orthopaedics, Woodend Hospital, Aberdeen, UK.

ABSTRACT
Low back pain (LBP) is a worldwide phenomenon. The UK studies place LBP as the largest single cause of absence from work; up to 80% of the population will experience LBP at least once in their lifetime. Most individuals do not seek medical care and are not disabled by their pain once it is managed by nonoperative measures. However, around 10% of patients go on to develop chronic pain. This review outlines the basics of the traditional approach to spinal surgery for chronic LBP secondary to osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine as well as explains the novel concepts and terminology of back pain surgery. Traditionally, the stepwise approach to surgery starts with local anaesthetic and steroid injection followed by spinal fusion. Fusion aims to alleviate pain by preventing movement between affected spinal segments; this commonly involves open surgery, which requires large soft tissue dissection and there is a possibility of blood loss and prolonged recovery time. Established minimally invasive spine surgery techniques (MISS) aim to reduce all of these complications and they include laparoscopic anterior lumbar interbody fusion and MISS posterior instrumentation with pedicle screws and rods. Newer MISS techniques include extreme lateral interbody fusion and axial interbody fusion. The main problem of fusion is the disruption of the biomechanics of the rest of the spine; leading to adjacent level disease. Theoretically, this can be prevented by performing motion-preserving surgeries such as total disc replacement, facet arthroplasty, and non fusion stabilisation. We outline the basic concepts of the procedures mentioned above as well as explore some of the novel surgical therapies available for chronic LBP.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus