Surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis: Attempted meta-analysis of the literature

Judith A. Turner, Mary Ersek, Larry Herron, Richard Deyo

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A meta-analysis was undertaken to determine the effects of surgery fo r lumbar spinal stenosis on pain and disability. Seventy-four journal articles met inclusion criteria and were independently reviewed by two readers. On average, 64% of patients treated surgically for lumbar spinal stenosis were reported to have good-to-excellent outcomes. However, there was wide variation across studies in the percentage with good outcomes. Few patient characteristics were found to predict outcome. Major deficits in study design, analysis, and reporting were common, and these precluded firm conclusions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Pain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spine surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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