Option for transverse midline incision and other factors that determine patient's decision to have cervical spine surgery.

J Orthop 2018 Jun 7;15(2):615-619. Epub 2018 May 7.

Less Exposure Surgery Specialists Institute (LESS Institute), United States.

Background: Authors aim to determine patients' preference for surgical incision and factors affecting the decision for surgery to the anterior neck.

Methods: A questionnaire was presented prior to evaluation and if preceded to surgery followup given.

Results: 243 patients completed questionnaire, with 60% female population and younger than 50 years. 151 patients preferred a transverse midline incision with a statistically significant increase in outcomes and cosmesis importance and a decrease in the importance of board certification.

Conclusion: Findings of questionnaire demonstrate that patients' prefer a transverse midline anterior neck incision, with surgical outcomes being the overall factor affecting decision making.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jor.2018.05.028DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5990331PMC
June 2018
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