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Surgery for Lumbar Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: The SPORT Trial 

Surgery for Lumbar Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: The SPORT Trial
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Surgery for Lumbar Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: The SPORT Trial
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Ryan A. Grant

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199377527.003.0032
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date: 22 September 2019

This chapter provides a summary of a landmark study in spine disorders. Is surgery effective for lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis with spinal stenosis compared to nonsurgical treatment? Starting with that question, it describes the basics of the study, including funding, study location, who was studied, how many patients, study design, study intervention, follow-up, endpoints, results, and criticism and limitations. In this trial, patients with persistent neurogenic claudication and/or lumbar radiculopathy from degenerative spondylolisthesis with spinal stenosis who were treated surgically had substantially greater improvement in pain and function compared to patients undergoing nonoperative treatments. The chapter briefly reviews other relevant studies and information, and concludes with a relevant clinical case.

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