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LUYTEN, Felipe de Albuquerque Araujo et al. Lumbar discectomy: is there still place for the technique?. Coluna/Columna [online]. 2010, vol.9, n.1, pp.68-71. ISSN 1808-1851.

OBJECTIVES: retrospective evaluation of long term results of conventional discectomia as treatment to sciatic pain caused by lumbar disc hernia. METHODS: retrospective analysis of 96 patients with lumbar disc hernia submitted to conventional discectomia, with minimum follow-up of 2 years. RESULTS: the patients presented left sciatic pain in 54% of the cases, with extruded herniation in 60% and 48% in the L4-5 level; mean age of 42 years, 53% female , medium VAN of 9.6 in preoperative and 2.2 in postoperative. CONCLUSION: the conventional discectomia was efficient in the treatment of sciatic pain originated by lumbar discal hernia, with low cost and fast recovery of the patient.

Keywords : Diskectomy [methods]; Intervertebral disk displacement; Orthopedic procedures [methods]; Sciatica [surgery]; Treatment outcome; Reoperation.

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