Comparison of incidence of adverse events in microsurgical lumbar discectomy in elective versus emergency setting

M. Hlavac, K. Kiening, R. Wirtz, D. Haux & A. Unterberg
Objective: In patients with lumbar disc herniation and pronounced neurological deficit rapid decompression of the nerve root is indicated. In the daily routine of many neurosurgical departments this is often performed at night. Critics of this practice often point out a supposed worse outcome of such[for full text, please go to the a.m. URL]