By Laura Dyrda
A new study published in Spinal Deformity examines lumbar degeneration after spinal fusion in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
The researchers examined 93 patients with AIS who underwent follow-up after 154 months on average. The patients had radiologic measurements at the time of surgery, immediately after surgery and then 10 years after surgery. The researchers found:
1. There was disc degeneration in 48 percent of the patients 10 years after surgery.