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Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Informed Patient Preferences Should Weigh HeavilyInformed Patient Preferences in Treating Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MSc
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From Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Acknowledgment: The author thanks Melissa Goczalk for her editorial assistance.

Disclosures: Author has disclosed no conflicts of interest. Form can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M15-0360.

Requests for Single Reprints: Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MSc, Orthopedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115; e-mail, jnkatz@partners.org.

Ann Intern Med. 2015;162(7):518-519. doi:10.7326/M15-0360
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In this issue, Delitto and colleagues examined surgical versus nonsurgical treatment options for lumbar spinal stenosis. The editorialist discusses the strengths of the trial, notes similar studies that support a standardized physical therapy regimen before surgery, and emphasizes that patient preferences should weigh heavily in the decision to have surgery.

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