Book Chapter or Conference Paper Title

Failed back-surgery syndrome (FBSS) prediction using fuzzy inference system (FIS)

Document Type

Conference Paper

Book Title or Conference Proceedings Title

Signal Processing and Communications, 2007. ICSPC 2007. IEEE International Conference

Conference Name

Signal Processing and Communications, 2007. ICSPC 2007. IEEE International Conference

Department

Neurosurgery

Conference Location

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

ISBN

978-1-4244-1235-8

Publisher

Signal Processing and Communications, 2007. ICSPC 2007

Abstract

In this paper a fuzzy inference system (FIS) is presented to predict the level of risk for a class of patients to be needing a repeated surgery for the herniated lumber disc (or more commonly known as slipped disc). The FIS is based upon a clinical study that was conducted by a number of doctors at Aga Khan University Hospital in Pakistan with the objective that certain clinical measures can be used from the beginning to assist the physician in making a better risk estimate for the patient at hand. As such, over 90 clinical markers were collected through patients' surveys over a period of 5 years (2000-2004). The presented study utilizes a subset of 16 markers and has recommendation for 7 of these markers for a reasonably accurate risk prediction. A set of 11 rules has been established that constitute the mapped understanding from the physicians' heuristics. Such a system will be a very helpful tool for medical professionals for making quick risk assessment for a patient and will enable them to more accurately define the treatment for the same.