Lumbar spine fusion: what is the evidence?

@article{Harris2018LumbarSF,
  title={Lumbar spine fusion: what is the evidence?},
  author={I. Harris and A. Traeger and R. Stanford and C. Maher and R. Buchbinder},
  journal={Internal Medicine Journal},
  year={2018},
  volume={48}
}
Lumbar spine fusion is a common procedure associated with a high cost burden and risk of serious complications. We aimed to summarise systematic reviews on the effectiveness of lumbar spine fusion for most diagnoses. We found no high‐quality systematic reviews and the risk of bias of the randomised controlled trials in the reviews was generally high. The available evidence does not support a benefit from spine fusion compared to non‐operative alternatives for back pain associated with… Expand
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