Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, June 12th, 2005
"Arthrodesis is the gold standard for surgical treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD). Of 304 individuals enrolled in the study, 205 were" randomly assigned "to the Charite disc-treated group and 99 to the BAK fusion-treated (control) group. Neurological status was equivalent between the two groups at 6, 12, and 24 months postoperatively. The number of patients with major, minor, or other neurological complications was equivalent. There was a greater incidence of both major and minor complications in the BAK fusion group at 0 to 42 days postoperatively,"...
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