Indications and outcomes of reconstructive surgery in chronic pain of spinal origin

Paul J. Slosar*, F. Todd Wetzel, Joshua Prager, Joel Saal, Barry Straus, Dennis Turk, Gunnar B.J. Andersson, James Neil Weinstein

*Corresponding author for this work

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    33 Scopus citations


    Study Design. Peer-reviewed literature was reviewed and summarized. Objective. To synthesize the indications and published outcomes of reconstructive lumbar spine surgery for the treatment of chronic pain of spinal origin. Methods. A literature review was conducted. Results. The most common indication for reconstructive lumbar surgery is pain that is refractory to nonsurgical treatment. Lumbar fusion has been shown to improve symptoms in carefully selected patients with incapacitating pain. Conclusions. A successful arthrodesis is the fundamental surgical goal for patients with chronic pain of spinal origin. However, a successful fusion does not always correlate with a successful clinical result.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)2555-2563
    Number of pages9
    Issue number22
    StatePublished - Nov 15 2002


    • Arthrodesis
    • Fusion
    • Lumbar degeneration
    • Reconstructive surgery
    • Spinal pain

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
    • Clinical Neurology


    Dive into the research topics of 'Indications and outcomes of reconstructive surgery in chronic pain of spinal origin'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this