What are the risks of lumbar spinal fusion surgery?

Potential complications of lumbar spinal fusion surgery include: infection, poor wound healing, bleeding or blood clots.

Other complications include injury to blood vessels or nerves in and around the spine or pain at the site from which the bone graft is taken.

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