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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35--38

Ho: Yag laser-assisted lumbar disc decompression: A minimally invasive procedure under local anesthesia

Department of Orthopedics, P. D Hinduja Hospital and Research Centre, Mahim, Mumbai-400016., India

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A S Bhagwat
Department of Orthopedics, P. D Hinduja Hospital and Research Centre, Mahim, Mumbai-400016.
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The morbidity associated with open procedures for lumbar intervertebral disc prolapse has led to the development of minimally invasive techniques. Ho: LADD (Laser-assisted disc decompression) is a very cost-effective minimally invasive procedure. The procedure is carried out under local anesthesia The patient can be mobilized immediately after the surgery. The study involved 36 cases treated with Ho: LADD for contained lumbar intervertebral disc prolapse. 35 cases were available for follow-up. There was a 91.5% success rate and a minimal complication rate. All cases adhered to strict inclusion and exclusion criteria and were evaluated with the modified Macnab criteria for the assessment of postoperative results.


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