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Spinal Surgeons’ Opinions on Pre- and Postoperative Rehabilitation in Patients Undergoing Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery: A Survey-Based Study in the Netherlands and Sweden

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title = "Spinal Surgeons’ Opinions on Pre- and Postoperative Rehabilitation in Patients Undergoing Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery: A Survey-Based Study in the Netherlands and Sweden",
abstract = "Study Design. A cross-sectional survey in the Netherlands and Sweden.Objective. To investigate Dutch and Swedish spinal surgeons' opinions on spinal fusion pre- and postoperative rehabilitation.Summary of Background Data. Lumbar spinal fusion surgery is increasingly provided in patients with chronic low back pain. No guidelines however exist for pre-and postoperative rehabilitation and it is unknown what opinions spinal surgeons currently have about pre-and postoperative rehabilitation.Methods. A survey was circulated to Dutch and Swedish spinal surgeons. Reminders were sent after 4 and 8/9 weeks. Data of completed questionnaires of orthopedic-and neurosurgeons currently performing lumbar spinal fusion were included for analysis. Analysis comprised a range of descriptive summaries (numerical, graphical, and tabular).Results. Surveys of 34 Dutch and 48 Swedish surgeons were analyzed. Surgeons provided preoperative information on postoperative mobilization. Spinal fusion techniques varied, but technique did not influence postoperative treatment. Swedish surgeons recommended slightly faster mobilization than Dutch (direct vs. 1-day postoperative), and more activities the first day (sitting, standing, walking). Stair climbing was the most reported discharge criterion; however, time point to start varied. More Swedish surgeons referred to postoperative physiotherapy than Dutch (88{\%} vs. 44{\%}). Time-point to start home activities varied from 1 week to more than 6 months. Pain increase was allowed for less than 24 hours (The Netherlands 81{\%}, Sweden 92{\%}).Conclusion. Findings reflect variability in lumbar spinal fusion rehabilitation in two European countries, especially in postoperative phase. The study proposes many new research topics and acts as starting point for future research valuable for the spinal community.",
keywords = "chronic low back pain, fusion, international survey, low back pain, lumbar spinal fusion, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, spinal surgery, surgeon opinions, surgeon practice, LOW-BACK-PAIN, RANDOMIZED-CONTROLLED-TRIAL, PREHABILITATION, PHYSIOTHERAPY, GUIDELINES, EXPERIENCE, INITIATION",
author = "{Van Erp}, {Reni M.A.} and Jetse Jelsma and Huijnen, {Ivan P.J.} and Mari Lundberg and Willems, {Paul C.} and Smeets, {Rob J.E.M.}",
year = "2018",
month = "5",
day = "15",
doi = "10.1097/BRS.0000000000002406",
language = "English",
volume = "43",
pages = "713--719",
journal = "Spine",
issn = "0362-2436",
publisher = "LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS",
number = "10",

}

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Spinal Surgeons’ Opinions on Pre- and Postoperative Rehabilitation in Patients Undergoing Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery

T2 - Spine

AU - Van Erp, Reni M.A.

AU - Jelsma, Jetse

AU - Huijnen, Ivan P.J.

AU - Lundberg, Mari

AU - Willems, Paul C.

AU - Smeets, Rob J.E.M.

PY - 2018/5/15

Y1 - 2018/5/15

N2 - Study Design. A cross-sectional survey in the Netherlands and Sweden.Objective. To investigate Dutch and Swedish spinal surgeons' opinions on spinal fusion pre- and postoperative rehabilitation.Summary of Background Data. Lumbar spinal fusion surgery is increasingly provided in patients with chronic low back pain. No guidelines however exist for pre-and postoperative rehabilitation and it is unknown what opinions spinal surgeons currently have about pre-and postoperative rehabilitation.Methods. A survey was circulated to Dutch and Swedish spinal surgeons. Reminders were sent after 4 and 8/9 weeks. Data of completed questionnaires of orthopedic-and neurosurgeons currently performing lumbar spinal fusion were included for analysis. Analysis comprised a range of descriptive summaries (numerical, graphical, and tabular).Results. Surveys of 34 Dutch and 48 Swedish surgeons were analyzed. Surgeons provided preoperative information on postoperative mobilization. Spinal fusion techniques varied, but technique did not influence postoperative treatment. Swedish surgeons recommended slightly faster mobilization than Dutch (direct vs. 1-day postoperative), and more activities the first day (sitting, standing, walking). Stair climbing was the most reported discharge criterion; however, time point to start varied. More Swedish surgeons referred to postoperative physiotherapy than Dutch (88% vs. 44%). Time-point to start home activities varied from 1 week to more than 6 months. Pain increase was allowed for less than 24 hours (The Netherlands 81%, Sweden 92%).Conclusion. Findings reflect variability in lumbar spinal fusion rehabilitation in two European countries, especially in postoperative phase. The study proposes many new research topics and acts as starting point for future research valuable for the spinal community.

AB - Study Design. A cross-sectional survey in the Netherlands and Sweden.Objective. To investigate Dutch and Swedish spinal surgeons' opinions on spinal fusion pre- and postoperative rehabilitation.Summary of Background Data. Lumbar spinal fusion surgery is increasingly provided in patients with chronic low back pain. No guidelines however exist for pre-and postoperative rehabilitation and it is unknown what opinions spinal surgeons currently have about pre-and postoperative rehabilitation.Methods. A survey was circulated to Dutch and Swedish spinal surgeons. Reminders were sent after 4 and 8/9 weeks. Data of completed questionnaires of orthopedic-and neurosurgeons currently performing lumbar spinal fusion were included for analysis. Analysis comprised a range of descriptive summaries (numerical, graphical, and tabular).Results. Surveys of 34 Dutch and 48 Swedish surgeons were analyzed. Surgeons provided preoperative information on postoperative mobilization. Spinal fusion techniques varied, but technique did not influence postoperative treatment. Swedish surgeons recommended slightly faster mobilization than Dutch (direct vs. 1-day postoperative), and more activities the first day (sitting, standing, walking). Stair climbing was the most reported discharge criterion; however, time point to start varied. More Swedish surgeons referred to postoperative physiotherapy than Dutch (88% vs. 44%). Time-point to start home activities varied from 1 week to more than 6 months. Pain increase was allowed for less than 24 hours (The Netherlands 81%, Sweden 92%).Conclusion. Findings reflect variability in lumbar spinal fusion rehabilitation in two European countries, especially in postoperative phase. The study proposes many new research topics and acts as starting point for future research valuable for the spinal community.

KW - chronic low back pain

KW - fusion

KW - international survey

KW - low back pain

KW - lumbar spinal fusion

KW - physiotherapy

KW - rehabilitation

KW - spinal surgery

KW - surgeon opinions

KW - surgeon practice

KW - LOW-BACK-PAIN

KW - RANDOMIZED-CONTROLLED-TRIAL

KW - PREHABILITATION

KW - PHYSIOTHERAPY

KW - GUIDELINES

KW - EXPERIENCE

KW - INITIATION

U2 - 10.1097/BRS.0000000000002406

DO - 10.1097/BRS.0000000000002406

M3 - Article

VL - 43

SP - 713

EP - 719

JO - Spine

JF - Spine

SN - 0362-2436

IS - 10

ER -