Purpose: The goal of this study was to characterize the spino-pelvic realignment and the maintenance of that realignment by the upper-most instrumented vertebra (UIV) for adult deformity spinal (ASD) patients treated with lumbar pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO).
Methods: ASD patients were divided by UIV, classified as upper thoracic (UT: T1-T6) or Thoracolumbar (TL: T9-L1). Complications were recorded and radiographic parameters included thoracic kyphosis (TK, T2-T12), lumbar lordosis (LL, L1-S1), sagittal vertical axis (SVA), pelvic tilt, and the mismatch between pelvic incidence and LL. Patients were also classified by the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)-Schwab modifier grades. Changes in radiographic parameters and SRS-Schwab grades were evaluated between the two groups. Additional analyses were performed on patients with pre-operative SVA ≥ 15 cm.
Results: 165 patients were included (UT: 81 and TL: 84); 124 women, 41 men, with average age 59.9 ± 11.1 years (range 25-81). UT had a lower percentage of patients above the radiographic thresholds for disability than TL. UT had a significantly higher percentage of patients that improved in SRS-Schwab global alignment grade than the TL group at 2 years. Within the patients with pre-operative SVA ≥ 15 cm, TL developed significantly increased SVA and had a significantly higher percentage of patients above the SVA threshold at 3 months, and 1 and 2 years than UT.
Conclusions: Patients undergoing a single-level PSO for ASD who have fixation extending to the UT region (T1-T6) are more likely to maintain sagittal spino-pelvic alignment, lower overall revision rates and revision rate for proximal junctional kyphosis than those with fixation terminating in the TL region (T9-L1).