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First Australian placebo-controlled trial of surgery for spinal stenosis

A multidisciplinary team of researchers, including rheumatologist Rachelle Buchbinder from the Cabrini Institute, Melbourne, are undertaking the first randomised placebo-controlled trial of decompressive surgery for symptomatic central lumbar spinal stenosis that they say will address the shortfalls of previous surgical trials. Current management of central lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) includes surgery to decompress the spinal ...

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