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MINIMALLY INVASIVE BACK SURGERY. Recent findings from a seven-year study of 304 patients who received minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion--a low back surgery--have better outcomes than patients who have more invasive surgery, according a new study. The procedure joins two or more vertebral bones to prevent abnormal movements. It reduces chronic low back pain, length of hospital stays, complications and scarring, and costs less and has lower infection rates compared to more invasive, open procedures, says Mick Perez-Cruet MD, neuro-spine surgeon at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, and professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, Michigan. Low back pain can be caused by spinal instability, stenosis, spondylolisthesis and symptomatic degenerative disc disease, according to Dr. Perez-Cruet. It also can be caused by nerve or muscle irritation or bone lesions. (Online February 2014, Spine.)

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Publication:Duke Medicine Health News
Date:Jul 1, 2014
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