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Long-term follow-up of the anterior lumbar interbody fusion procedure

Dimitri Verbruggen, Thomas Tampere (UGent) , Dirk Uyttendaele (UGent) , Gwen Sys (UGent) and Bart Poffyn (UGent)
(2015) ACTA ORTHOPAEDICA BELGICA. 81(3). p.546-552
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Purpose : To evaluate the long-term clinical results and the effectiveness of the anterior lumbar interbody fusion procedure. Methods : Between 1999 and 2005, 60 ALIFs were performed in 59 patients. Mean age was 41.1 years. Clinically, patients were evaluated at a mean follow-up of 9.5 years using the Visual Analogue Scale grading scale, the Oswestry Disability score and the SF-36 questionnaire. Results : Preoperative and postoperative clinical evaluation scores of 38 patients were available. Nineteen patients were lost to follow-up, and 2 patients died during the follow-up. The fusion rate was 84%. Mean preoperative VAS-score for back pain was 6.69 (+/- 2.15); in the long term, the mean VAS-score was 4.95 (+/- 2.95), which was a significant improvement. (p < 0.01). The postoperative ODI-score was 36.11 (+/- 22.32), while the preoperative ODI-score was 59.31 (+/- 17.16), which demonstrates a significant improvement. According to the SF-36, mild to good results were observed. Conclusions : The ALIF procedure can offer significant pain relief and improved function if a strict indication policy is followed.
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lumbar spine, spine, interbody fusion, outcome, low back pain

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Verbruggen, Dimitri et al. “Long-term Follow-up of the Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Procedure.” ACTA ORTHOPAEDICA BELGICA 81.3 (2015): 546–552. Print.
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Verbruggen, Dimitri, Tampere, T., Uyttendaele, D., Sys, G., & Poffyn, B. (2015). Long-term follow-up of the anterior lumbar interbody fusion procedure. ACTA ORTHOPAEDICA BELGICA, 81(3), 546–552.
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Verbruggen, Dimitri, Thomas Tampere, Dirk Uyttendaele, Gwen Sys, and Bart Poffyn. 2015. “Long-term Follow-up of the Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Procedure.” Acta Orthopaedica Belgica 81 (3): 546–552.
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Verbruggen, Dimitri, Thomas Tampere, Dirk Uyttendaele, Gwen Sys, and Bart Poffyn. 2015. “Long-term Follow-up of the Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Procedure.” Acta Orthopaedica Belgica 81 (3): 546–552.
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Verbruggen D, Tampere T, Uyttendaele D, Sys G, Poffyn B. Long-term follow-up of the anterior lumbar interbody fusion procedure. ACTA ORTHOPAEDICA BELGICA. 2015;81(3):546–52.
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D. Verbruggen, T. Tampere, D. Uyttendaele, G. Sys, and B. Poffyn, “Long-term follow-up of the anterior lumbar interbody fusion procedure,” ACTA ORTHOPAEDICA BELGICA, vol. 81, no. 3, pp. 546–552, 2015.
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Methods : Between 1999 and 2005, 60 ALIFs were performed in 59 patients. Mean age was 41.1 years. Clinically, patients were evaluated at a mean follow-up of 9.5 years using the Visual Analogue Scale grading scale, the Oswestry Disability score and the SF-36 questionnaire. 
Results : Preoperative and postoperative clinical evaluation scores of 38 patients were available. Nineteen patients were lost to follow-up, and 2 patients died during the follow-up. The fusion rate was 84%. Mean preoperative VAS-score for back pain was 6.69 (+/- 2.15); in the long term, the mean VAS-score was 4.95 (+/- 2.95), which was a significant improvement. (p < 0.01). The postoperative ODI-score was 36.11 (+/- 22.32), while the preoperative ODI-score was 59.31 (+/- 17.16), which demonstrates a significant improvement. According to the SF-36, mild to good results were observed. 
Conclusions : The ALIF procedure can offer significant pain relief and improved function if a strict indication policy is followed.},
  author       = {Verbruggen, Dimitri and Tampere, Thomas and Uyttendaele, Dirk and Sys, Gwen and Poffyn, Bart},
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  keywords     = {lumbar spine,spine,interbody fusion,outcome,low back pain},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {546--552},
  title        = {Long-term follow-up of the anterior lumbar interbody fusion procedure},
  volume       = {81},
  year         = {2015},
}

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