Recurrent lumbar disc herniation after single-level lumbar discectomy: incidence and health care cost analysis.

@article{Ambrossi2009RecurrentLD,
  title={Recurrent lumbar disc herniation after single-level lumbar discectomy: incidence and health care cost analysis.},
  author={Giannina L. Garc{\'e}s Ambrossi and Matthew J. McGirt and D. M. Sciubba and Timothy F. Witham and Jean-Paul Wolinsky and Ziya L. Gokaslan and Donlin M. Long},
  journal={Neurosurgery},
  year={2009},
  volume={65 3},
  pages={574-8; discussion 578}
}
OBJECTIVE Same-level recurrent lumbar disc herniation complicates outcomes after primary discectomy in a subset of patients. The health care costs associated with the management of this complication are currently unknown. We set out to identify the incidence and health care cost of same-level recurrent disc herniation after single-level lumbar discectomy at our institution. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed 156 consecutive patients undergoing primary single-level lumbar discectomy at one… CONTINUE READING
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