Long-term objective physical activity measurements using a wireless accelerometer following minimally invasive transforaminal interbody fusion surgery

Kevin Phan*, Ralph J. Mobbs

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We report on a case of a patient who underwent minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (mi-TLIF) with objective physical activity measurements performed preoperatively and postoperatively at up to 12-months using wireless accelerometer technology. In the first postoperative month following surgery, the patient had reduced mobility, taking 2,397 steps over a distance of 1.8 km per day. However, the number of steps taken and distance travelled per day had returned to baseline levels by the second postoperative month. At one-year follow-up, the patient averaged 5,095 steps per day in the month over a distance of 3.8 km; this was a 60% improvement in both steps taken and distance travelled compared to the preoperative status. The use of wireless accelerometers is feasible in obtaining objective physical activity measurements before and after lumbar interbody fusion and may be applicable to other related spinal surgeries as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-369
Number of pages4
JournalAsian Spine Journal
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Accelerometer
  • Fitbit
  • Fusion
  • Objective measurement
  • Physical activity
  • Transforaminal interbody fusion surgery

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