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Spinal Stenosis Surgery Can Improve Bone Metabolism

Last Updated: August 24, 2009.

Elderly patients with lumbar spinal stenosis have improvements in bone metabolism after decompression surgery, regardless of whether they receive bisphosphonates, according to a study in the Aug. 15 issue of Spine.

MONDAY, Aug. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly patients with lumbar spinal stenosis have improvements in bone metabolism after decompression surgery, regardless of whether they receive bisphosphonates, according to a study in the Aug. 15 issue of Spine.

Ho-Joong Kim, M.D., and colleagues from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea compared changes in the bone turnover rate in 23 elderly patients with lumbar spinal stenosis before and after decompression surgery. Of these, 10 received oral bisphosphonates after surgery.

Three months after surgery, the researchers found a significant decrease in the levels of a bone resorption marker and a non-significant decrease in the levels of a bone formation marker (bALP). Patients were able to walk a longer distance and Oswestry Disability Index scores decreased after surgery. These results were observed regardless of whether patients received bisphosphonates.

"This study suggests that decompression surgery has a beneficial effect on bone metabolism in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis who have walking intolerance and limited physical activity," Kim and colleagues conclude.

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