Lumbar spine fusion for chronic low back pain due to degenerative disc disease: a systematic review.

@article{Phillips2013LumbarSF,
  title={Lumbar spine fusion for chronic low back pain due to degenerative disc disease: a systematic review.},
  author={Frank Murray Phillips and Paul J. Slosar and Jim A. Youssef and Gunnar Andersson and Frank Papatheofanis},
  journal={Spine},
  year={2013},
  volume={38 7},
  pages={E409-22}
}
STUDY DESIGN Systematic literature review. OBJECTIVE To categorize published evidence systematically for lumbar fusion for chronic low back pain (LBP) in order to provide an updated and comprehensive analysis of the clinical outcomes. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Despite a large number of publications of outcomes of spinal fusion surgery for chronic LBP, there is little consensus on efficacy. METHODS A MEDLINE and Cochrane database search was performed to identify published articles… CONTINUE READING