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Table 4 Results (median and range) of responses to the questionnaires of dogs treated with PSRF before surgery, after 6 months and more than 1 year after surgery

From: Pedicle screw-rod fixation: a feasible treatment for dogs with severe degenerative lumbosacral stenosis

Questions Before surgery After 6 months After more than 1 year
Complaints of pelvic limbs 3 (1–4) 8 (4–10)a 7 (5–9)a
Pelvic limb weakness 4 (1–10) 8 (6–10)b 7 (6–10)b
Caudal lumbar pain 1 (1–4) 7 (4–10)a 7 (5–9)a
Difficulty rising up 4 (1–6) 8 (7–10)a 7 (5–10)a
Difficulty lying down 8 (1–6) 10 (8–10) 10 (5–10)
Muscle volume of the pelvic limbs 4 (1–7) 7 (5–9)a 7 (6–7)a
Position of the tail 3 (1–10) 9 (1–10) 9 (1–10)
Movement of the tail 5 (2–10) 10 (3–10) 9 (3–10)
Control of urination and defecation 10 (3–10) 10 (10–10) 10 (10–10)
Hypersensitivity of the caudal spine 3 (1–10) 9 (3–10)b 10 (9–10)
  1. a P < 0.05, Friedman test, compared with value before surgery. bGroup comparisons were borderline significant (P = .061), individual comparisons of time points did show significant difference (P < 0.05)