Impact of morbid obesity (BMI > 40 kg/m2) on complication rate and outcome following minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS TLIF).


Department of Neurosurgery, Medical Center University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Germany. Electronic address: [Email]


The negative effects of obesity on the health and quality of life of those afflicted has become an important public concern. Previous studies have shown an association between obesity and higher rates of complications and unfavorable outcomes following spine surgery. This study is to identify peri- and postoperative complication rates as well as short-term and long-term outcomes in morbidly obese patients who underwent minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS TLIF) in comparison to age-matched normal-weight patients.


BMI,Complications,Interbody fusion,Lumbar fusion,Minimally invasive,Morbid obesity,Spine surgery,TLIF,

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