Neurosurgical Review

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 157–162 | Cite as

Lumbar spinal surgery for sciatica due to intervertebral disc disease in the elderly

  • Alpaslan Kulali
  • Klaus von Wild
Original Articles


This report reviews 36 patients aged 71 to 93 years who had lumbar spinal surgey for sciatica pain some with motor and or sensory disturbances and with no motor and sensory disturbances. Even though we found soft disc herniations, these patients should have a thorough circumferential decompression because of bony osteophytes and facet hypertrophy. Special attention is drawn to the removal of herniated discs associated with massive spondylotic degenerative changes.


Advanced age lumbar disc surgery osseous decompression 


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© Walter de Gruyter & Co 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alpaslan Kulali
    • 1
  • Klaus von Wild
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryClemenshospitalMuensterFed. Rep. of Germany

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