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Neurology Research International
Volume 2015, Article ID 791943, 5 pages
Clinical Study

Comparison of Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy and Open Lumbar Surgery for Adjacent Segment Degeneration and Recurrent Disc Herniation

1Department of Neurosurgery, Wan Fang Hospital, No. 111, Section 3, Xinglong Road, Wenshan District, Taipei City 116, Taiwan
2Graduate Institute of Injury Prevention and Control, Taipei Medical University, No. 250, Wuxing Street, Xinyi District, Taipei City 110, Taiwan

Received 27 October 2014; Revised 24 February 2015; Accepted 1 March 2015

Academic Editor: Changiz Geula

Copyright © 2015 Huan-Chieh Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. The goal of the present study was to examine the clinical results of percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) and open lumbar surgery for patients with adjacent segment degeneration (ASD) and recurrence of disc herniation. Methods. From December 2011 to November 2013, we collected forty-three patients who underwent repeated lumbar surgery. These patients, either received PELD (18 patients) or repeated open lumbar surgery (25 patients), due to ASD or recurrence of disc herniation at L3-4, L4-5, or L5-S1 level, were assigned to different groups according to the surgical approaches. Clinical data were assessed and compared. Results. Mean blood loss was significantly less in the PELD group as compared to the open lumbar surgery group . Hospital stay and mean operating time were shorter significantly in the PELD group as compared to the open lumbar surgery group . Immediate postoperative pain improvement in VAS was 3.5 in the PELD group and −0.56 in the open lumbar surgery group . Conclusion. For ASD and recurrent lumbar disc herniation, PELD had more advantages over open lumbar surgery in terms of reduced blood loss, shorter hospital stay, operating time, fewer complications, and less postoperative discomfort.