This study examines the long-term effects of surgical intervention for symptomatic disc herniation and lumbar stenosis. By comparing functional outcomes three and twelve months post-surgery, this research aims to determine any differences in back/leg pain, disability, and quality of life between these two common spine disorders.
This cohort study investigated the 3- and 12-month functional outcomes of individuals with symptomatic lumbar disc herniation and symptomatic lumbar stenosis following surgical intervention. Data were collected from a prospective observational registry at a single institution from 2012 to 2015.
The results of this study are valuable as they provide further evidence of the efficacy of surgical intervention for both symptomatic disc herniation and lumbar stenosis. Additionally, it identifies previously unknown differences in the progression of functional outcomes at three and twelve months after treatment between the two groups. This knowledge can be used to help healthcare professionals better understand the nuances of these spine disorders and more effectively treat their patients.