Reviews in Clinical Gerontology

Clinical geriatrics

Spinal surgery in older people: indications, techniques and outcomes

ADL Bakera1 c1 and P Sandersona1

a1 Department of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Summary

This article provides an overview of spine surgery in older people and reviews outcome and novel techniques. Improvements in pain, disability, and quality of life can be expected following surgery and demand for surgery of this type is likely to increase as the mean age of the population increases. Novel techniques and improved intsrumentation offer surgical treatments for conditions that were previously untreatable and show encouraging early results.

(Online publication May 25 2011)

Correspondence:

c1 Address for correspondence: Mr ADL Baker, Department of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP. Email: alexbaker@nhs.net