Paul Brussee, Jakob Hauth, Roland D. Donk, André L. M. Verbeek, Ronald H. M. A. Bartels

February 2008, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 200 - 203 Original Article Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-007-0540-6

First Online: 31 October 2007

The treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis is either conservative or surgical decompression. Recently, an interspinous decompression device (X-Stop) has been developed as an alternative. Patients treated with an X-Stop between 2003 and 2006 are subject of this study. The SF-36 Health Survey and Zürich Questionnaires are used. The data of pre- and post-operative self-rated questionnaires are collected and analysed by independent investigators. The data were statistically analysed. A good outcome was defined when the mean score at the ZQ for satisfaction was at maximal 2.0, and the mean improvement of the severity score was at least 0.5, and also for vitality score. For relations between outcome and gender, smoking, BMI, orthopaedic co-morbidity, number of implanted X-Stops were sought. The change in SF-36 scales was related to the outcome. Sixty-five patients did undergo implantation of an X-Stop. The mean age was 64.4 ± 10.0 years (range: 37.0–85.0 years). 31.1% Of the patients had a good outcome. A good outcome was not related to smoking, BMI, number of implanted X-Stops. However, a good outcome was related to the absence of orthopaedic co-morbidity or male gender. Patients with a good outcome had significantly a better improvement of the scales of the SF-36 concerning physical pain or impairment. The X-Stop does improve the clinical situation. However, a good outcome is achieved less often than previously reported. Probable explanations are discussed.

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