Lumbar micro disc surgery with and without autologous fat graft - A prospective randomized trial evaluated with reference to clinical and social factors

Citation
K. Bernsmann et al., Lumbar micro disc surgery with and without autologous fat graft - A prospective randomized trial evaluated with reference to clinical and social factors, ARCH ORTHOP, 121(8), 2001, pp. 476-480
Citations number
53
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Ortopedics, Rehabilitation & Sport Medicine
Journal title
ARCHIVES OF ORTHOPAEDIC AND TRAUMA SURGERY
ISSN journal
0936-8051 → ACNP
Volume
121
Issue
8
Year of publication
2001
Pages
476 - 480
Database
ISI
SICI code
0936-8051(200109)121:8<476:LMDSWA>2.0.ZU;2-E
Abstract
Epidural scarring is one of the possible complications after lumbar disc su rgery Perineural scar tissue has been considered responsible for recurrent neurological symptoms in patients operated on for disc herniation and leads to a high rate of unsatisfactory results. In addition, postoperative scars may increase the technical difficulty and risk of subsequent procedures. V arious materials have been used in animal studies to try to affect the degr ee of epidural scar tissue with controversial results. In particular, free fat transplantation has been described to reduce the degree of intraspinal scar tissue. We therefore performed a prospective, double-blind, randomized study comparing clinical and social factors of patients being operated on for the first time for lumbar disc herniation. A total of 92 patients recei ved an implantation of autologous fat graft, 94 did not. After a median of 24.2 months after their surgery, an objective examinator compared various c linical parameters and the social situation of patients in both groups with out knowing the operation method used. We found no significant differences between the fat-graft group and the control group regarding either the clin ical outcome or the social aspects.