The influence of age on the peri- and postoperative clinical course in patients undergoing minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion techniques of the lumbar spine.


Department of Neurosurgery, Kepler University Hospital, Neuromed Campus, Linz, Austria. Electronic address: [Email]


As a result of continuously increasing life expectancy, the number of requests for surgery to treat degenerative diseases of the spine in the elderly population will increase. Since older age is associated with the occurrence of medical comorbidities, the demand for less extensive surgical approaches is growing. The aim of this study is to establish whether minimally invasive fusion techniques are a safe and adequate tool for use in elderly patients.


Degenerative lumbar spine,Minimally invasive fusion techniques,Older patients,Peri-and postoperative complication rate,