Surgical Compared with Nonoperative Treatment for Lumbar Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: Four-Year Results in the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT) Randomized and Observational Cohorts.

Nov 16, 2011 by

Weinstein JN, Lurie JD, Tosteson TD, et al. 

J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2009; 91: 1295-1304.

PubMed PMID: 19487505


This paper reports the four year clinical outcomes of the prospective multicenter SPORT study on degenerative spondylolisthesis with stenosis.  It confirms and supersedes the 2-year as-treated analysis showing that surgery had a meaningfully greater treatment effect than routine conservative care.  This paper provides high-quality evidence supporting surgical treatment.

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