Following spinal deformity surgery patients into older age

Authors: Blondel, Benjamin; Lafage, Virginie; Schwab, Frank

Source: Aging Health, 1 August 2011, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 619-632(14)


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Adult Spinal Deformity (ASD) is a complex 3D entity associating various factors including age-related changes. While coronal deformation is well understood, sagittal plane evaluation of the normal and aging spine with associated deformity must be taken into account for optimal management of patients. Using a specific classification system, thresholds of correction have been identified and correlated with outcomes. A wide range of surgical procedures have been described for ASD patients and, although excellent outcomes can be achieved, complications are commonly reported. Integration of time as a fourth dimension and further outcomes-related research will increase our knowledge and help to identify treatment algorithms for the management of ASD.

Keywords: classification; deformity; elderly; outcomes; spine; surgery

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1Spine Division, Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York University, NY, USA

Publication date: August 1, 2011

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