Complications and outcomes of lumbar spine surgery in elderly people: a review of the literature.

@article{Cloyd2008ComplicationsAO,
  title={Complications and outcomes of lumbar spine surgery in elderly people: a review of the literature.},
  author={Jordan M Cloyd and Frank L Acosta and Christopher P. Ames},
  journal={Journal of the American Geriatrics Society},
  year={2008},
  volume={56 7},
  pages={1318-27}
}
As the number of elderly persons in the United States continues to increase, there will be an associated increase in age-related diseases, such as degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine. Elderly patients frequently present to their geriatrician or primary care provider with low back and leg pain. Spine surgery is one of several options the geriatric patient may consider for symptomatic relief, but the literature describing the safety and efficacy of spine surgery in older patients is… CONTINUE READING
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