Patient‑Reported Outcomes in Lumbar Spine Surgery

  • Obinna Henry Obiegbu
Keywords: Decompression, instrumentation, Oswestry Disability Index


Introduction: Lumbar spine spondylosis is a significant cause of morbidity worldwide. Surgical treatment is increasingly being used in
patients who do not respond to conservative treatment. Although the outcome of these surgeries is subjective, patient‑oriented  questionnaires are considered to give a less biased assessment of surgical outcomes. The aim of this study was to use the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) to assess the early outcome of lumbar spine surgery in patients with lumbar degenerative spine disease.

Methodology: This was a retrospective study carried out over a period of one year, recruiting twenty patients who had lumbar spine surgeries (both instrumented and non‑instrumented surgeries) for degenerative lumbar spine disease.

Results: The age range of the subjects was 40–80 years, with a mean age of 55.9 ± 9.2 years. A majority of the patients had lumbar disc prolapse (70%). There was a statistically significant correlation between preoperative ODI and postoperative ODI, with postoperative patients having a lower ODI score (which signifies improved outcome).

Conclusion: Lumbar surgeries for degenerative lumbosacral spine disease lead to a high level of patient satisfaction.


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eISSN: 2667-0526
print ISSN: 1115-2613