Acta Ortop Bras 2022 28;30(1):e249489. Epub 2022 Jan 28.
. Instituto de Assistência Médica ao Servidor Público Estadual (IAMSPE), Postgraduate Program, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
Introduction: This study aims to investigate the clinical-functional results of a new surgical technique, Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PELIF), in patients with a clinical diagnosis of low back or sciatic pain and segmental instability who were submitted to surgery using this technique assisted by the attending physician.
Materials And Methods: Patients completed a consent form and were clinically and radiographically re-assessed by independent evaluators using the visual analog scale (VAS) for pain, the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), and the SF-36 Quality of Life Score in the pre- and postoperative periods. Their medical records were also reviewed for surgical time, length of hospital stay, need for blood transfusion, return to work, and radiographic fusion evaluation. Read More