Spine

5 key notes on narcotics use for spine surgery workers’ compensation patients

By Laura Dyrda

A new study published in Spine examines the postoperative narcotic consumption among workers’ compensation patients after minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion.

The researchers examined a cohort of patients undergoing single-level minimally invasive TLIF procedures for degenerative spine pathology from 2007 to 2013. There were 136 single-level, primary minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion procedures included in the analysis. Forty-six of the patients were workers’ compensation patients — 33.8 percent.

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