Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 1: Introduction and methodology

Michael G. Kaiser, Jason C. Eck, Michael W. Groff, William C. Watters, Andrew T. Dailey, Daniel K. Resnick, Tanvir F. Choudhri, Alok Sharan, Jeffrey C. Wang, Praveen V. Mummaneni, Sanjay S. Dhall, Zoher Ghogawala

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Abstract

Fusion procedures are an accepted and successful management strategy to alleviate pain and/or neurological symptoms associated with degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. In 2005, the first version of the "Guidelines for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine" was published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. In an effort to incorporate evidence obtained since the original publication of these guidelines, an expert panel of neurosurgical and orthopedic spine specialists was convened in 2009. Topics reviewed were essentially identical to the original publication. Selected manuscripts from the first iteration of these guidelines as well as relevant publications between 2005 through 2011 were reviewed. Several modifications to the methodology of guideline development were adopted for the current update. In contrast to the 2005 guidelines, a 5-tiered level of evidence strategy was employed, primarily allowing a distinction between lower levels of evidence. The qualitative descriptors (standards/guidelines/options) used in the 2005 recommendations were abandoned and replaced with grades to reflect the strength of medical evidence supporting the recommendation. Recommendations that conflicted with the original publication, if present, were highlighted at the beginning of each chapter. As with the original guideline publication, the intent of this update is to provide a foundation from which an appropriate treatment strategy can be formulated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-6
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Spine
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

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Keywords

  • Lumbar fusion
  • Lumbar spine
  • Practice guidelines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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Kaiser, M. G., Eck, J. C., Groff, M. W., Watters, W. C., Dailey, A. T., Resnick, D. K., Choudhri, T. F., Sharan, A., Wang, J. C., Mummaneni, P. V., Dhall, S. S., & Ghogawala, Z. (2014). Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 1: Introduction and methodology. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 21(1), 2-6. https://doi.org/10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14257