Author(s): Landi A, Marotta N, Mancarella C, Meluzio MC, Pietrantonio A,
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Abstract PURPOSE: The aim of the study is to use an algorithm previously published to decide whether to perform open surgery or percutaneous surgery with short fixation in patients with thoraco-lumbar junction and lumbar spine fractures, and to compare retrospectively surgical and conservative options of treatment. METHODS: Between 2005 and 2009, two groups of 25 patients were analyzed to compare retrospectively surgical and conservative option of treatment to assess perception of pain and to evaluate quality of life during treatment, to evaluate how quickly patients return to work and to their daily activities, to evaluate patients' satisfaction. X-ray controls were performed to evaluate the fusion rate at 3 and 6 months and CT scans at 6 months. RESULTS: The surgical group had a better functional recovery, a better quality of life and returned to work earlier in comparison to the conservative group. CONCLUSIONS: We can conclude that the percutaneous procedure seems to give better results in terms of satisfaction and return to normal activities, although both procedures guarantee excellent fusion rates.
This article was published in Eur Spine J
and referenced in Orthopedic & Muscular System: Current Research