Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Donald S. Corenman M.D., D.C. Completes Study on the Effects of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery on Subsequent Spinal Fusion

Study suggests that patients who experienced a failed minimally invasive spine surgery prior to undergoing lumbar spinal fusion did not suffer inferior spinal fusion outcomes.

Vail, CO (PRWEB) December 06, 2013

Dr. Donald S. Corenman - orthopedic spine surgeon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado - recently completed research on the effects of failed less invasive spine surgery (LISS) on subsequent lumbar spinal fusion outcomes. The study tested the hypothesis: patients who suffered failed LISS would incur inferior lumbar spinal fusion compared with patients who were not treated with prior LISS.

Less invasive spine surgery, also known as minimally invasive spine surgery, is a surgical treatment option that allows surgeons to access the spine through small incisions. Minimally invasive spine surgery was designed to treat spinal injuries with limited damage to the surrounding muscles and other structures in the spine.

Spinal fusion is not uncommon for patients who undergo LISS. It is used to treat spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis. Spinal fusion, or spondylodesis, is a surgical technique that involves joining two or more vertebrae together using supplemental bone tissue. By immobilizing the fused vertebrae there is a decrease in the level of back pain.

The study used 47 qualified patients that were split into two groups based upon history of prior minimally invasive spine surgery - a prior LISS surgery group (PSG) and a non-prior LISS surgery group (nPSG). On an average of 40.4 months following lumbar spinal fusion, patients were given a postoperative questionnaire. The questionnaire evaluated: patient satisfaction, return to work rates, peri-operative complications, success of the fusion and rate of revision surgery.

Limited by size, the results suggested that patients who experienced a failed less invasive spine surgery LISS prior to undergoing lumbar spinal fusion did not suffer inferior fusion outcomes when compared to patients who did not undergo prior LISS.

About Dr. Donald S. Corenman

Dr. Donald S. Corenman is an orthopedic spine surgeon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. He is affiliated with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and is a physician for the U.S. Ski Team. Dr. Corenman is a member of the North American Spine Society, the Western States Orthopaedic Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Academy of Chiropractic Orthopaedists. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American Board of Spine Surgery and the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopaedics. He has conducted research for spine surgery and rehabilitation and has published multiple articles and books including his latest book, 'The Clinician's Guidebook to Lumbar Spine Disorders Diagnosis & Treatment'. Dr. Corenman has lectured to his peers from Hong Kong to Paris to Chile.


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