Effectiveness of Microdiscectomy for Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Randomized Controlled Trial With 2 Years of Follow-up

Heikki Österman, MD; Seppo Seitsalo, MD, PhD; Jaro Karppinen, MD, PhD; Antti Malmivaara, MD, PhD

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Spine. 2006;31(21):2409-2414. 

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Conclusion

Lumbar microdiscectomy may be associated with a more rapid initial recovery in patients with sciatica due to disc extrusion or sequester and a history of less than 12 weeks. Otherwise, benefit from surgery is rather modest during the first 2 years and conservative therapy is a reasonable option for these patients. Spinal level of the herniation may be an important factor modifying effectiveness of surgery, but this hypothesis needs verification.

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