Ugeskr Læger 2018;180:V05170398
Surgical treatment of lumbar disc herniation
The Danish Health Authority has recently published a new guideline on the treatment of lumbar disc herniation with radiculopathy. This paper goes through the surgical treatment and considers the evidence behind surgical treatment of these patients, along with the outcome reported in literature. The new guideline recommends referring patients to be assessed by a surgeon within 12 weeks in cases, where severe and debilitating pain persists despite non-surgical treatment. This is found to be well in line with literature, as many studies have shown time to be a predictive factor in surgical treatment of these patients.