We report herein the results of anterior or posterior neural decompression with spinal stabilization in 16 patients with spinal metastases. Intractable back pain was relieved in 14 patients (87.5%) and 4 had complete pain relief. Neurologic recovery was observed in 8 out of 13 patients (61.5%) who had some neurologic deficits before surgery. The activities of daily living improved in 7 of 9 (77.7%), and 5 out of 8 patients (62.5%) who had been unable to walk before surgery became ambulatory after surgery. The average operation time was 3 h 15 min with an average blood loss of 2150 ml. No patient died within 1 month after surgery and the median survival was 19.1 months. The results indicated that, if properly indicated, anterior or posterior neural decompression and spinal stabilization is a safe and effective treatment for patients with spinal metastases to improve the quality of life for the patients' remaining years.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Acta medica Okayama|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 1 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)