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Recurrence rate

All 21 brace patients said that they were not at all disturbed by the brace which shows that it is comfortable for patients. There were no complications in the VHO group, but in the surgical group one patient had to be treated for severe post-operative bleeding. The recurrence rate for the brace group was 19% (4/21) and one patient was still being treated at the time of interview. However, this patient had already made considerable progress. The recurrence rate in the surgical group was 15% (3/20).

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Figure 3: Comparison of recurrence rate for both treatment groups.