The Long-Term Effect of Lumbar Spine Fusion: Deterioration of Adjacent Motion Segments

  • Ken Y. Hsu
  • James Zucherman
  • Arthur White


The long-term effect of spinal fusion on adjacent motion segments is a common concern [1–10], but there have been no large, well documented series in which normal motion segments adjacent to lumbar fusions have undergone deterioration. It is still not known at what frequency normal lumbar segments deteriorate when fusion is performed adjacent to them. There are no studies in the literature that have evaluated such segments with verification of normalcy prior to adjacent fusions.


Disk Herniation Disk Degeneration Spinal Fusion Lateral Radiograph Motion Segment 
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© Springer-Verlag Tokyo 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ken Y. Hsu
  • James Zucherman
  • Arthur White
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Mary’s Spine CenterSan FranciscoUSA

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