Study: Total Disc Arthroplasty Successful for Military PatientsWritten by Laura Miller | July 01, 2011
The success rates of total disc arthroplasty for military patients is now approaching 80 percent, according to a new study published in The Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques.
Researchers identified 38 military members who underwent single or 2-level total disc arthroplasty for degenerative disc disease after failing at least six months of conservative treatment. The overall mean preoperative Oswestry Disability Index scores improved from 53.6 preoperatively to 27.7 postoperatively. The numeric rating scale also showed significant improvement. However, there was no difference between the ODI and NRS scores when comparing single and 2-level TDA.
In addition to experiencing clinical success with nearly 80 percent of the patients, the mean disc height increased by 69 percent and nearly 70 percent of patients were able to return to their position within the military.
Read the abstract about total disc arthroplasty for patients in the military.
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