Aim: Cervical disc disease (CDD) is a common clinical entity. This
is a retrospective comparison study of surgical CDD outcomes in
285 geriatric patients (age > 65) and 2715 non-geriatric patients
(age < 65).
Methods: The geriatric group consisted of 146 men and 139 women,
with mean age of 70.4 years.
Results: Geriatric patients, when compared to non-geriatric patients,
were more likely to present with chronic, multi-level,
severe radiculopathy and myelopathy. Patients > 65 years old
required more instrumentation use than patients < 65 years old.
Conclusion: Overall outcomes were less favorable among geriatric
patients, with significantly lower percentage of excellent/good
outcomes, significantly greater percentage of poor outcomes, and
more frequent clinically relevant recurrence. In addition, length
of hospitalization was significantly greater in the geriatric patient