Five-year durability of stand-alone interspinous process decompression for lumbar spinal stenosis


BACKGROUND Lumbar spinal stenosis is the most common indication for spine surgery in older adults. Interspinous process decompression (IPD) using a stand-alone spacer that functions as an extension blocker offers a minimally invasive treatment option for intermittent neurogenic claudication associated with spinal stenosis. METHODS This study evaluated the 5-year clinical outcomes for IPD (Superion®) from a randomized controlled US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noninferiority trial. Outcomes included Zurich Claudication Questionnaire (ZCQ) symptom severity (ss), physical function (pf), and patient satisfaction (ps) subdomains, leg and back pain visual analog scale (VAS), and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI). RESULTS At 5 years, 84% of patients (74 of 88) demonstrated clinical success on at least two of three ZCQ domains. Individual ZCQ domain success rates were 75% (66 of 88), 81% (71 of 88), and 90% (79 of 88) for ZCQss, ZCQpf, and ZCQps, respectively. Leg and back pain success rates were 80% (68 of 85) and 65% (55 of 85), respectively, and the success rate for ODI was 65% (57 of 88). Percentage improvements over baseline were 42%, 39%, 75%, 66%, and 58% for ZCQss, ZCQpf, leg and back pain VAS, and ODI, respectively (all P<0.001). Within-group effect sizes were classified as very large for four of five clinical outcomes (ie, >1.0; all P<0.0001). Seventy-five percent of IPD patients were free from reoperation, revision, or supplemental fixation at their index level at 5 years. CONCLUSION After 5 years of follow-up, IPD with a stand-alone spacer provides sustained clinical benefit.

DOI: 10.2147/CIA.S143503

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@inproceedings{Nunley2017FiveyearDO, title={Five-year durability of stand-alone interspinous process decompression for lumbar spinal stenosis}, author={Pierce Dalton Nunley and Vikas V. Patel and Douglas G. Orndorff and William Francis Lavelle and Jon E Block and Fred Geisler}, booktitle={Clinical interventions in aging}, year={2017} }