Results of surgical treatment of idiopathic developmental stenosis of the lumbar vertebral canal. A review of twenty-seven years' experience

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1977 May;59(2):181-8. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.59B2.141452.


Between 1948 and 1975 147 patients were treated surgically for developmental stenosis of the lumbar vertebral canal, measurement of the mid-sagittal diameters in the whole area of stenosis being performed in 116 patients. Ninety-two of these patients were followed up for periods varying between one and twenty years. About two-thirds were completely relieved fo symptoms and signs. Sciatica and intermittent claudication were more frequently cured than radicular deficit and lumbago, the latter being the most frequent persisting symptom. A permanent neural deficit as a result of the surgical procedure was noted in two cases. A detailed presentation of the technique, complications and results is given.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Back Pain / surgery
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Intermittent Claudication / surgery
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / surgery
  • Laminectomy / methods
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Sciatica / surgery
  • Spinal Canal / surgery*
  • Spinal Diseases / complications
  • Spinal Diseases / etiology
  • Spinal Diseases / surgery*