European Spine Journal

, Volume 22, Supplement 5, pp 767–786 | Cite as

Spine Tango annual report 2012

  • M. Neukamp
  • G. Perler
  • T. Pigott
  • E. Munting
  • M. Aebi
  • C. RöderEmail author
Spine Tango Report 2012



Since the Spine Tango registry was founded over a decade ago it has become established internationally. An annual report has been produced using the same format as the SWEspine group to allow for first data comparisons between the two registries.


Data was captured with the latest generation of surgery and follow-up forms. Also, the Core Outcome Measures Index (COMI) from interventions performed in the year 2012 with follow-up to June 2013 was analyzed. Groups of patients with the most common degenerative lumbar spine diseases and a single group of patients with degenerative cervical spine diseases were created. The demographics, risk factors, previous treatments, current treatment, short-term outcomes, patient satisfaction and complications were analyzed. Pre- and postoperative pain and function scores were derived from the COMI.


About 6,500 procedures were captured with Spine Tango in 2012. The definitions and composition of all the degenerative groups could not completely be matched between the two registries with the consequence that the age and sex distributions were partially different. Preoperative pain levels were similar. The short-term outcomes available did not allow for evaluation of the final result of surgical intervention. This will be possible with the longer term data in the next annual report. There was a distinct disparity in reported complication rates between surgeons and patients.


This is a valuable first step in creating comparable reports for SWEspine and Spine Tango. The German spine registry may be able to collaborate in the future because of similar items and data structure as Spine Tango. There needs to be more work on understanding the harmonization of the different degenerative subgroups. The Spine Tango report is weakened by the short and incomplete follow-up. The visual presentation of data may be a useful model for aiding decision making for surgeons and patients in the future.


Pedicle Screw Degenerative Spondylolisthesis Posterolateral Fusion Core Outcome Measure Index Vertebral Body Replacement 
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Conflict of interest

None of the authors has any potential conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Neukamp
    • 1
  • G. Perler
    • 1
  • T. Pigott
    • 3
  • E. Munting
    • 2
  • M. Aebi
    • 1
  • C. Röder
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.MEM Research Center, Institute for Evaluative Research in Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Orthopaedic DepartmentClinique Saint PierreOttigniesBelgium
  3. 3.Neurosurgical DepartmentWalton CenterLiverpoolUK

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