A. Gonzalez-Castro, A. Shetty, K. Nagendar, C. Greenough

October 2001, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 67 - 70 Original Article Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-001-0351-0

First Online: 31 October 2001

A prospective randomised trial compared the results of conventional lumbar discectomy performed as day cases with those performed on an in-patient basis. The aim of the study was to investigate whether conventional discectomy can be performed safely on a day-case basis. Thirty-one patients were included in the study; 18 were randomised to day-case treatment and 13 to in-patient stay. Day patients mobilised more quickly immediately following surgery and were better able to walk at 2 weeks. The rate of complications was unchanged. It is concluded that conventional discectomy can be undertaken safely as day-case surgery and may indeed speed up the recovery process.

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