Spine fusion leads to Quality of Life measures similar to hip and knee replacement

In 2015, The Spine Journal published a study finding that patients undergoing surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis can expect a comparable long-term average improvement in health-related quality of life to that from knee and hip replacement.

A previous study published in the Spine Journal (2010) also demonstrated that spinal surgery patients' quality of life outcomes are similar to those of total hip and knee joint replacement patients.