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Are Lumbar Drains Necessary After Outpatient Lumbar Interbody Fusion Using Less Exposure Surgery Techniques?

The concerns of haematoma formation in posterior lumbar interbody fusion may be heightened in outpatient surgery. Innovative techniques for surgery have decreased the need for drains in outpatient single level posterior lumbar interbody fusion.


Objective: The use of postoperative drains for elective spine surgery has not been justified. In transitioning to the outpatient setting there may be concerns for haematoma formation in same day procedures. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the outcomes of lumbar spine surgery with no drains in the outpatient setting compared to the inpatient setting.

12 May, 2017
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e-Published: 10 Jul, 2017
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