Lumbar disc herniation: Surgery versus nonoperative treatment
Surgical vs Nonoperative Treatment for Lumbar Disk Herniation: The Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT): A Randomized TrialJAMA. 2006 Nov 22;296(20):2441-50
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501 patients with intervertebral disc herniation were randomized to receive standard open discectomy with examination of the irritated nerve root or non-operative care. Symptom severity improved significantly more in the surgery group than the non-operative group at 3 months, 1 year and 2 years. Self-reported improvement was also significantly better in the surgery group than in the non-operative ...
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