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Preoperative education for lumbar surgery for radiculopathy

A. Louw, Q Louw, L. Crous
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 65, No 2 | a244 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v65i2.244 | © 2009 A. Louw, Q Louw, L. Crous | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 February 2009 | Published: 19 February 2009

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A. Louw,, South Africa
Q Louw,, South Africa
L. Crous,

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Abstract

To date no studies have been published on preoperative education for
patients who had lumbar surgery. The aim of this study was to determine if there is a demand for preoperative education for patients who had lumbar surgery for radiculopathy. A convenience sample of 47 patients who had lumbar surgery and a random sample of 141 physiotherapists involved in treating patients who had lumbar surgery completed a newly developed spinal surgery questionnaire. The data were analyzed using descriptiveand inferential statistical tests. Results showed that 100% of the patients and 99% of therapists view preoperative education to be an important component for lumbar surgery for radiculopathy. The most important factors identified
for inclusion in preoperative educational programs were reason for surgery, risks associated with surgery, limitations following surgery and more education regarding pain. The preferred method of education delivery was verbal one-on-one education. This study demonstrates that there is a demand for preoperative education for patients who had lumbar surgery.

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lumbar; surgery; radiculopathy; preoperative; education; physiotherapy

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