Leg pain is a symptom caused by spinal stenosis and it is quickly, dramatically, and sustainably relieved for most of our patients.

Summary: A higher score means more leg pain. This is a standard pain scale from 0-10 where 0 is no pain and 10 is the most pain. Most patients see a dramatic decrease in leg pain very quickly after surgery, often because the nerves from their spine are no longer being compressed. Once it is gone, this pain stays away, even improving a bit more by 8 months after surgery. The vertical line represents the time of surgery.

The graph is a regression of Numeric Pain Scale (0-10) asked specifically about leg pain from the time before surgery to 200 days after surgery. The line is a FIT score—essentially a moving average of all data points (n). For each graph we use SAS programming to generate curves using proc template statgraph.

This analysis is intended to be very specific to lumbar laminectomy for spinal stenosis and includes only the following CPT codes: 63005, 63011, 63047, 63048. Time period of survey data collected: January 1, 2014 – January 6, 2017.

These graphs include results from all patients who answered the patient-reported outcome questions across Partners HealthCare since 2014. Some patients did not complete these questions either because they were not available at the time or because they chose not to. We are presenting all the outcome information that we have without adjustment, and we believe that the patients who respond are similar to the overall population who had surgery. Keep in mind that these results may not reflect any particular patient’s treatment course and your personal medical history may influence your results.

Most of our patients are back on their feet and functioning near normally 8 months after spinal surgery

Summary: A higher score means better physical function. Before surgery, many patients have moderate to severe limitations in their ability to walk, climb stairs, and do the daily activities that are important to them. The line increases because patients report they can do more and more every day after surgery reaching average scores near normal limits by 8 months. The data is collected up to 8 months after surgery and shows that most of our patients keep gaining physical function long after surgery with no short-term plateau in improvement. This graph shows the range of Physical Function from Severe Limitations (<=30) to Within Normal Limits (>=45). The vertical line represents the time of surgery.

The graph is a regression of PROMIS Physical Function scores from the time before surgery to 200 days after surgery. The line is a FIT score—essentially a moving average of all data points (n). For each graph we use SAS programming to generate curves using proc template statgraph.

This analysis is intended to be very specific to lumbar laminectomy for spinal stenosis and includes only the following CPT codes: 63005, 63011, 63047, 63048. Time period of survey data collected: January 1, 2014- January 6, 2017.

These graphs include results from all patients who answered the patient-reported outcome questions across Partners HealthCare since 2014. Some patients did not complete these questions either because they were not available at the time or because they chose not to. We are presenting all the outcome information that we have without adjustment, and we believe that the patients who respond are similar to the overall population who had surgery. Keep in mind that these results may not reflect any particular patient’s treatment course and your personal medical history may influence your results.

General pain comes from many factors and laminectomy alone is not a treatment for pain, so general pain often gets better but may get worse again.

Summary: A lower score means that pain is less intense. The line decreases as our patients report less pain. The average American rates their physical function at 50 (shown with the dotted line). The data is collected up to 8 months after the surgery and shows that most of our patients’ pain remains in line with the average population. This graph shows the range of Pain Intensity from Within Normal Limits (<=45) to Severe (>=65). The vertical line represents the time of surgery.

The graph is a regression of PROMIS Pain Intensity scores from the time before surgery to 200 days after surgery. The line is a FIT score—essentially a moving average of all data points (n). For each graph we use SAS programming to generate curves using proc template statgraph.

This analysis is intended to be very specific to lumbar laminectomy for spinal stenosis and includes only the following CPT codes: 63005, 63011, 63047, 63048. Time period of survey data collected: January 1, 2014 – January 6, 2017.

These graphs include results from all patients who answered the patient-reported outcome questions across Partners HealthCare since 2014. Some patients did not complete these questions either because they were not available at the time or because they chose not to. We are presenting all the outcome information that we have without adjustment, and we believe that the patients who respond are similar to the overall population who had surgery. Keep in mind that these results may not reflect any particular patient’s treatment course and your personal medical history may influence your results.