The time course required for the patient-reported outcomes of pain, physical function, and mental health to reach a recovery plateau after elective lumbar spine surgery was assessed utilizing a prospectively maintained multicenter registry. The work is important as it demonstrates that specific health dimensions follow different recovery plateaus and it provides evidence that a 2-year postoperative follow-up is not required to accurately assess the treatment effect of established surgeries for lumbar spinal pathologies.
ABBREVIATIONSCSORN = Canadian Spine Outcomes and Research Network; DS = Disability Scale; LDH = lumbar disc herniation; LDS = lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis; LSS = lumbar spinal stenosis; MCS = Mental Component Summary; PCS = Physical Component Summary; PRO = patient-reported outcome; QOL = quality of life; VAS = visual analog scale.
Correspondence Charles G. Fisher: Vancouver General Hospital/University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. email@example.com.
INCLUDE WHEN CITING Published online December 21, 2018; DOI: 10.3171/2018.8.SPINE18715.
Disclosures Dr. Fisher has received consultant fees from Medtronic and NuVasive, has received royalties to his institution from a Medtronic research grant, and has received fellowship support to his institution from AOSpine and Medtronic for work outside of the present study. Dr. Johnson has received grant support to his institution from Stryker. Dr. Paquet has received educational grant support to his institution from Medtronic of Canada. Dr. Manson has been a consultant for and received non–study-related support from Medtronic. Dr. Rampersaud has been a consultant for and received royalties from Medtronic.
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