De novo spine surgery as a predictor of additional spine surgery at the same or distant spine regions

M. Sami Walid, Robinson III, Joe Sam, Moataz Abbara, Abdullah Tolaymat & Robinson Jr, Joe Sam
Introduction: Degenerative spine disorders are steadily increasing parallel to the aging of the population with considerable impact on cost and productivity. In this paper we study the prevalence and risk factors for multiple spine surgery and its impact on cost. Methods: Data on 1,153 spine surgery inpatients operated between October 2005 and September 2008 (index spine surgery) in regard to the number of previous spine surgeries and location of surgeries (cervical or lumbar) were retrospectively...