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SP54 Experiences with endoscopic discectomy of the herniated intervertebral disc in the Czech and Slovak Republic focused on changes in the quality-of-life EQ-5D-5L analysis
  1. Rapčan Róbert1,2,3,
  2. Kočan Ladislav4,
  3. Witkovsky Viktor5,
  4. Rapčanová Simona6,
  5. Mláka Juraj7,
  6. Tirpák Róbert2,
  7. Burianek Miroslav6,
  8. Vašková Janka8 and
  9. Gajdoš Miroslav9
  1. 1Europainclinics, Kominárska 21/5, 831 04 Bratislava – Nové mesto, Slovak Republic
  2. 2Department of Cardiac Surgery, East Slovak Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, Ondavská 8, 040 11 Košice, Slovak Republic
  3. 3Europainclinics, Štefánikova 1599/82, 085 01 Bardejov, Slovak Republic, Slovak Republic
  4. 4Clinic of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, East Slovak Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, Ondavská 8, 040 11 Košice, Slovak Republic
  5. 5Institute of Measurement Science, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, 841 04 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
  6. 6Europainclinics, Starochodovská 1750, 149 00 Prague 4, Czech Republic
  7. 7Europainclinics, Poliklinika Terasa, Toryská 1, 040 11 Košice, Slovak Republic
  8. 8Department of Medical and Clinical Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Trieda SNP 1, 040 66 Košice, Slovak Republic
  9. 9Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, and Louis Pasteur University Hospital, Trieda SNP 1, 040 66 Košice, Slovak Republic


Conflict of Interest None of the Authors has any financial/commercial conflicts of interest with the published data.

Acknowledgement This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

Herniated lumbar discs are a common cause of low-back pain and decreased quality of life, especially in the productive age population. Currently, in addition to the classic open discectomy, minimally invasive percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) is also a valid treatment option. This study was aimed to assess changes in the quality of life after PEDL in patients with sciatica in the Slovak and Czech republic.

The study included 470 patients who underwent transforaminal, interlaminar or translaminar endoscopic discectomy. Evaluation of changes in pain perception and quality of life was made by comparing statistical weight values in EQ-5D-5L, quality of life (EQ-VAS), Oswestry disability index (ODI), and numerical scales of leg pain and back pain grading questionnaires before the endoscopic surgery and 12 months after.

Comparison of ODI, EQ-VAS and numerical pain scales showed a significant improvement in the reduction of back pain and leg pain. All evaluated dimensions of the EQ-5D-5L questionnaire indicated a significant improvement in the assessed quality of life (p <0.001).

Outcomes of assessments of the quality of life via selected questionnaires showed that the efficacy of PELD is comparable to any type of open spine surgery. In addition, patients after PELD showed no signs of surrounding muscular tissue damage on postoperative MRIs. By comparing transforaminal, interlaminar or translaminar approaches, we did not observe any differences between different surgical techniques and no difference in the percentage of postoperative complications or re-herniation rates.

  • back pain
  • leg pain
  • discectomy
  • quality of life
  • EQ-5D-5L questionnaire

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