Incidence of lumbar disc surgery: A population-based study in Olmsted County, Minnesota, 1950-1979

I. Bruske-Hohlfeld, J. L. Merritt, B. M. Onofrio, H. H. Stonnington, K. P. Offord, E. J. Bergstralh, C. M. Beard, L. J. Melton, L. T. Kurland

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Abstract

Age- and sex-specific incidence rates of operation for suspected lumbar disc prolapse were determined for residents of Olmsted County, Minnesota, for the 30-year period 1950 through 1979. The incidence rate (adjusted to the age and sex distribution of the United States white population in 1980) was 52.3 per 100,000 person-years for all such operations and 46.3 per 100,000 person-years for initial operations. These rates remained fairly constant over the study period. A distinction was made between surgically proven and unproven cases of lumbar disc prolapse. Patients with a surgically proven lumbar disc prolapse had about 10 times the risk of another operation for disc prolapse within 10 years after the first operation compared with the general population

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-35
Number of pages5
JournalSpine
Volume15
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990

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Keywords

  • Disc surgery
  • Epidemiology
  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Risk of second prolapse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Bruske-Hohlfeld, I., Merritt, J. L., Onofrio, B. M., Stonnington, H. H., Offord, K. P., Bergstralh, E. J., Beard, C. M., Melton, L. J., & Kurland, L. T. (1990). Incidence of lumbar disc surgery: A population-based study in Olmsted County, Minnesota, 1950-1979. Spine, 15(1), 31-35.