Quality of life in patients after anterior subaxial cervical fusion in the late postoperative period

E.I. Slynko, A.S. Nekhlopochin


Background. Cervical spine traumatic injury is one of the most severe types of human musculoskeletal system lesion. Despite the significant achievements of modern vertebrology, a number of questions concerning the optimal methods of surgical intervention remain quite controversial. The quality of life, along with patients’ neurological disorders regression level after cervical spine trauma, are the basic criteria to determine the effectiveness of the therapy. The purpose was assessment the quality of life of patients in the late postoperative period after anterior decompression-fusion surgery at the subaxial level of the cervical spine due to traumatic injury using various methods of fixation. Materials and methods. A retrospective analysis of the test results of 53 patients using the SF-36 questionnaire was conducted. All patients were hospitalized in the Spinal Cord Pathology Department of the State Institution “Romodanov Neurosurgery Institute of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine” in the period from 2013 to 2017 due to traumatic injury to the cervical spine. Neurological status at the time of hospitalization corresponded to ASIA D or ASIA E. The testing was carried out at the control examination in the period of 12 months of the postoperative period. A combination of “Mesh + ventral plate” and a telescopic vertebral body replacing implant were used as stabilization systems. We analyzed transformed values that were not normalized to population data. Results. When comparing groups of patients with various systems for subaxial fusion, convincing advantage of usage of single construction was determined on SF-36 scales: “Physical functioning”, “Role-Physical Functioning”, “Bodily pain” and “Role-Emotional Functioning”. The scales “General health”, “Vitality”, “Social functioning”, “Mental health” did not show statistically significant difference. Conclusions. The obtained results demonstrate the advantage of mono-construction as a vertebral body replacing and fusion system, providing the better level of quality of life in the time of 12 months after surgical treatment.


quality of life; SF-36; anterior cervical fusion; cervical spine; traumatic injury; stabilization system


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