General Session: Cervical Motion Preservation

Presented by: L. Nel - View Audio/Video Presentation (Members Only)


L. Nel(1)

(1) Spine Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


Purpose: Evaluate the results of patients treated for Single level lumbar up to 1 year post operatively with different stabilization treatments in the same period.

Methods: Retrospective study of 20 patients each treated by a single surgeon experienced in all 3 techniques. VAS and ODI at pre op, 6 weeks; 3months, 6 months and at 1 year post op. Complications seen and results. Data was collected by another single medical doctor.

Summary: Measurable factors used were age, ODI and VAS, as well as indication with the results being. Age of patients were 46, 43, 62 years for arthroplasty, anterior posterior fusion, and TLIF procedure. ODI and VAS pre- operatively was 36 and 7 and decreased to 16 and 3, 11 and 2 at 6 weeks, 3 and 6 months in the prosthesis group. ODI in the Anterior and posterior fusion group was 36 and 7, 29 and 3, 16 and 2 pre op, 6 weeks and 6 months. ODI for the TLIF patients 32 and 7, 17 and 3, 14 and 3. Recovery time, time back to work, use of pain medicine differed and was very interesting and not predicted.

Conclusion: The results of all the different options were comparable, even with indications that differed.