We read with great interest the recent article by Ang et al. [
], titled “Minimally invasive compared with open lumbar laminotomy: no functional benefits at 6 or 24 months after surgery.” The authors compared the functional and pain outcomes of 30 patients with open laminotomies against 83 patients with minimally invasive surgery (MIS) laminotomies at 6 and 24 months. They concluded that “MIS lumbar laminotomy gave no clear advantages in long-term functional or pain scores. The MIS group also had patients with inadvertent durotomies and reoperation within 2 years. In any lumbar decompressive surgery, the purported advantages of an MIS approach should be carefully weighed against potential complications.”
- Ang C.L.
- Phak-Boon Tow B.
- Fook S.
- et al.
Minimally invasive compared with open lumbar laminotomy: no functional benefits at 6 or 24 months after surgery.
Spine J. 2013;
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