Article Abstract

Fusion surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis?

Authors: Fay E. A. Greenway, Marios C. Papadopoulos

Abstract

Low back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide and a major source of other medical problems including depression and substance misuse. In 2011–2012, lumbar spinal stenosis was diagnosed in 22,759 people in the UK and over 15,000 operations were performed for decompression of the lumbar spine (UK Hospital Episodes Statistics).