Weight change and clinical outcomes following adult spinal deformity surgery in overweight and obese patients

Addisu Mesfin, Lawrence G. Lenke, Keith H. Bridwell, Jennifer M. Jupitz, Usman Akhtar, Jeremy L. Fogelson, Stuart Hershman, Han Jo Kim, Linda A. Koester

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Study Design: Retrospective comparative study. Summary of Background Data: The effect of spine surgery on postoperative weight loss or weight gain in overweight and obese spinal deformity patients is unknown. Objective: To evaluate the postoperative outcomes and weight changes in adult patients undergoing spinal deformity surgery. Materials and Methods: A total of 104 adult patients undergoing primary spinal deformity surgery were enrolled. All patients had a minimum 2-year follow-up (average, 50.1 months). Preoperative and latest follow-up, body mass index (BMI), Oswestry Disability Index, Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)-22 self-image and SRS outcomes scores were collected. Instrumented levels, estimated blood loss, major and minor complications, length of hospitalization, and hospital discharge status were also reviewed and compared. Results: A total of 66 patients were overweight (BMI > 25-29.9; average, 26.9) (Group OW), whereas 38 patients were obese (BMI > 30; average, 33.5) (Group OB). The average age was 54.5 in Group OW and 48.6 in Group OB (p <.01). Postoperatively, significant changes were not found in the BMI for Group OW, 27.2 (26.9-27.2; p <.39), and for Group OB, 35 (33.5-35; p <.06). Postoperatively, significant improvements were seen in both groups for Oswestry Disability Index (36.1-21.8, Group OW; 44.1-24.4, Group OB; p <.001), SRS self-image (2.9-3.7, Group OW; 2.6-3.8, Group OB; p <.001) and SRS score (3.1-3.8, Group OW; 2.9-3.8, Group OB; p <.001). There were no significant differences in complications between groups. Conclusions: As a group, overweight and obese primary spinal deformity patients did not demonstrate significant weight gain or weight loss from preoperative to latest follow-up. However, both overweight and obese patients had significant improvements in outcome scores at latest follow-up and equivalent rates of complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-381
Number of pages5
JournalSpine deformity
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2013


  • Adult patients
  • Obese
  • Outcomes
  • Overweight
  • Primary spinal deformity surgery


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