This review is based on 972 cases treated surgically for lumbar disc herniation between 1974 and 1984. The authors discuss several problems related to this condition. The importance of the history and clinical assessment are emphasized, as well as the role of instrumental tests such as radiculography and CT scan. The authors report what they believe to be the treatment of choice to avoid recurrence, based on an analysis of two groups of patients. The first group consisted of patients in whom lumbar and radicular pain persisted after operation. The second group consisted of patients in whom these symptoms recurred after an interval of complete relief. This analysis leads to the following conclusions: 1) clinical examination is pre-eminent; CT scan and radiculography are complementary to an accurate neurological examination; 2) hemilaminectomy is the operation of choice because it is sufficient to ensure accurate exploration of both root and disc; 3) most recurrences are due to errors in diagnosis or surgical technique.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Italian Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology|
|Publication status||Published - 1988|
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