J Korean Neurosurg Soc.  2003 Jun;33(6):557-561.

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Using BAK Cage for Treatment of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Wooridul Spine Hospital, Seoul, Korea. choigun@wooridul.co.kr
  • 2Department of General Surgery, Wooridul Spine Hospital, Seoul, Korea.


To evaluate the role of anterior lumbar interbody fusion in treatment of failed back surgery syndrome, the authors present a retrospectively analysis of the clinical & radiological results of anterior lumbar interbody fusion. METHODS: Between September 2000 and September 2001, twenty two patients underwent anterior lumbar interbody fusion for treatment of failed back surgery syndrome. We analyzed clinical & radiological changes. The mean follow-up period was 19 months. RESULTS: Overall satisfactory outcome was 90%. The mean VAS was changed from 8.3 to 3.7. The mean Oswestry Disability Index(%) was changed from 70 to 33. The fusion rate was 86%. There were 2 complications; wound infection, sympathetic dysfunction. CONCLUSION: We conclude that the anterior lumbar interbody fusion seems to be a safe and favorable method in treating selective patients with failed back surgery syndrome.


Failed back surgery syndrome; Anterior lumbar interbody fusion

MeSH Terms

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome*
Follow-Up Studies
Retrospective Studies
Wound Infection
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