Scoliosis Surgery Linked to Good Long-Term Outcomes

Rates of low back pain, employment, childbearing are similar to those of general population
By Rick Ansorge
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Sept. 21 (HealthDay News) -- In the long term, patients who receive surgical treatment for scoliosis are no more likely to develop low back pain or have an impaired quality of life than the general population, according to two studies in the Sept. 15 issue of Spine.

In one study, Kazushi Takayama, M.D., of the Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan, and colleagues studied 32 patients who received surgical treatment between 1976 and 1989. After a mean follow-up of 21.1 years, they found that 15 percent of patients had occasional or frequent low back pain, a rate similar to that of the general population.

In a second study of the same group of patients, Takayama and colleagues found that most patients (84.4 percent) had been able to work at their profession without serious difficulty, that half of the female patients had delivered babies after surgery, and that quality-of-life scores among those with idiopathic or congenital scoliosis were similar to those of age-matched healthy controls.

"Numbers of children had by patients with idiopathic scoliosis and congenital scoliosis were also equivalent to that for the normal population, these patients experienced no problems during pregnancy or delivery, and their rate of cesarean section was nearly equivalent to that in the normal population," the authors of the second study write.

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