Med Sci Monit 2017 Jun 20;23:3010-3018. Epub 2017 Jun 20.
Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University, School of Medicine, Shanghai, China (mainland).
BACKGROUND The main purpose of this study was to compare the effects of various lavage techniques - traditional saline lavage (SL), pulse lavage (PL), closed drainage (CD), and iodine lavage (IL) - on preventing incision-related infection after posterior lumbar interbody fusion. MATERIAL AND METHODS Patients with prolapsed lumbar (intervertebral) discs (PLID) undergoing posterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery (PLIF) over the course of 2 years were included and were randomly allocated into 4 groups: the SL group, the PL group, the CD group, and the IL group. Relevant data were recorded, including preoperative conditions, intraoperative lavage time, lavage fluid volume, incision outlook, pain perception, results of routine blood tests, and postoperative infection rate. Read More