Patient-Reported Outcomes and Patient-Reported Satisfaction After Surgical Treatment for Cervical Radiculopathy

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Study Design: Retrospective cohort study.
Objectives: It is estimated that 10 000 patients seek medical care due to cervical radiculopathy every year in Denmark. Although
the natural course is usually favorable, around 20% undergo surgery for cervical degenerative disease every year in Denmark. We aim to evaluate the patient-reported results and satisfaction of anterior cervical decompression and fusion over a 5-year period from a single Danish center for spine surgery.
Methods: This study is a retrospective study based on prospectively collected data from 318 consecutive patients treated with anterior cervical decompression and fusion over 1 to 3 levels. Data in the DaneSpine registry was collected pre- and postoperatively, and at 1 year after surgery. The outcome measures were Neck Disability Index (NDI), European Quality of Life 5D (EQ-5D), visual analogue score (VAS), and Short Form-36 Physical Component Summary (SF-36 PCS).
Results: Of 318 cases enrolled, 272 (85.5%) had follow-up data available at a minimum 1-year postoperatively. The mean preoperative NDI was 40.0 and improved to 22.7. Mean EQ-5D was 0.50 and improved to 0.70, and mean VAS arm was 60.4
improved to 26.4. All improvements were statistically significant. A total of 74.3% were back to work 1 year after surgery.
Achieving minimal clinically important difference (MCID) in VAS neck and SF-36 PCS was strongly correlated to patient
Conclusion: Patients who undergo anterior cervical discectomy and fusion can expect improvement in their pain and disability,
with 74.3% of patients reporting a positive change in health status after surgery.
TidsskriftGlobal Spine Journal
Udgave nummer7
Sider (fra-til)703-708
StatusUdgivet - 1. okt. 2018


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