Guidelines for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 7: intractable low-back pain without stenosis or spondylolisthesis

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William C. Watters III Department of Neurosurgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin; Department of Neurosurgery, Mount Sinai Medical School, New York, New York; Department of Neurosurgery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Neurosurgery, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana; Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, University of California at Los Angeles, California; Department of Neurosurgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama; Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; Bone and Joint Clinic of Houston, Texas; and Department of Neurosurgery, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

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Beverly C. Walters Department of Neurosurgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin; Department of Neurosurgery, Mount Sinai Medical School, New York, New York; Department of Neurosurgery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Neurosurgery, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana; Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, University of California at Los Angeles, California; Department of Neurosurgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama; Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; Bone and Joint Clinic of Houston, Texas; and Department of Neurosurgery, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

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