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Title: PLF vs PLIF: Moving towards a gold standard in posterior lumbar spinal fusion surgery.
Epworth Authors: Malham, Gregory
Biddau, Dean
Other Authors: Khasin, Monique
Keywords: Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion
Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Low Back Pain
Clinical Outcomes
Epworth Neurosciences Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia.
Issue Date: Sep-2022
Conference Name: Epworth HealthCare Research Month 2022
Conference Location: Epworth Research Institute, Victoria, Australia
Abstract: Low back pain currently contributes an exorbitant cost to Australia’s healthcare system. Where conservative and medical management is insufficient, it is pertinent that surgical techniques offer the most cost-effective and successful patient outcome. Posterolateral Fusion (PLF) and Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) are two popular options in managing spinal pathologies with the goal of long-term stabilisation [Said et al., 2022]. Of the limited literature that compares the two, outcomes are heterogeneous with minimal progress made towards adopting a gold-standard approach. PLIF operative time tends to be longer, with higher associated costs. The question remains whether the benefits of PLIF offset these factors compared to PLF alone. We aimed to compare clinical outcomes between patients undergoing PLF and PLIF.
Type: Conference Poster
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Prospective Cohort Study
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