Results of Surgery

  • F. Postacchini
  • S. Gumina


Numerous studies have analyzed the outcome of surgery in lumbar disc herniation (1, 4, 5, 8, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22, 26, 31, 32, 33, 35, 36, 38, 39, 43, 46, 64, 67, 68, 71, 72, 73, 75, 77, 79, 83, 84, 88, 95, 97, 98, 99, 105, 106, 112, 116, 128). However, it is extremely difficult to compare the results of the various studies, since the methods of surgical treatment, the criteria of evaluation of the results or the categories into which they are divided lack uniformity For instance, some studies classify the results into three categories (good, fair, and poor), and others into four (excellent, good, fair, and poor). Some studies analyze the outcome considering low back pain and radicular symptoms separately, whilst others evaluate the overall result. Some authors report the parameters used in the assessment of the results, whereas others make no mention of the evaluation criteria. In many studies, particularly the less recent, there is no statistical analysis and, thus, any evaluation of the significance of the data. In some studies, both the objective clinical data and patient’s subjective evaluation of the result are taken into account, whilst in others the results are assessed only by a self-administered questionnaire.


Disc Herniation Lumbar Disc Lumbar Disc Herniation Radicular Pain Cauda Equina Syndrome 
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