The optimal pathway to lumbar spinal fusion: Improving perioperative health and care with patients opting for lumbar spinal fusion surgery

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For people with lower back pain, a lumbar spondylodesis is often preferred as a last resort if other treatments do not provide a solution. Undergoing lumbar spondylodesis comes with major health risks. Despite recent advances in surgery and anaesthesiological techniques, not every patient benefits from a lumbar spondylodesis; on average, 56% of patients experience a clinically relevant reduction in pain. The aim of this thesis was therefore to improve the health of people who choose a lumbar spondylodesis by adopting an increasingly predictive, preventive, personalised and participatory (P4) perioperative care path. The research conducted for this thesis provides insights into effective preoperative training methods. In addition, a predictive tool has been developed that can improve joint decision-making for spondylodesis. Initial steps have been taken towards integration of a modern data infrastructure by introducing a new 'omics' family called functionomics.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • van Meeteren, Nico, Supervisor
  • Willems, Paul, Supervisor
  • van Rhijn, Lodewijk, Supervisor
  • Punt, Ilona, Co-Supervisor
Award date8 Apr 2022
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789463616317
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Spine
  • Physiotherapy
  • Data Science
  • Preoperative Care

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