Can lumbar discectomy with the Barricaid endoprosthesis bring benefit to patients with back pain greater than leg pain?

G.J. Bouma, M. Barth, M. Vilendecic, D. Ledic, R. Bartels & E.A. Al-Kahlout
Objective: Higher levels of pre-op back pain relative to leg pain in patients with lumbar disc herniation have been linked to worse outcomes following discectomy [ref:1]. Some advocate lowering expectations for discectomy outcomes or using a more invasive and expensive procedure such as fusion[for full text, please go to the a.m. URL]