Spinal Fusion

What are the risks of spinal fusion?

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  • A Orthopedic Surgery, answered on behalf of
    What Are the Risks of Spinal Fusion?
    The chief risks of spinal surgery are complications under anesthesia and during the procedure, says Erik Spayde, MD, from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. Watch this short video to find out about the precautions doctors take to prevent these.
  • A Orthopedic Surgery, answered on behalf of
    What Are the Risks of Spinal Fusion?
    Spinal fusion has a few risk factors, including wound infection, pain, rejection of hardware and the inability for fusion to take place, says Rick Placide, MD from Chippenham Hospital, in this video.
  • A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Risks of Spinal Fusion
    Spinal fusion surgery for lower back pain has significant risks, including infection, bleeding, nerve injury, severe pain, and the need for repeat operations. Watch the video for more on spinal fusion.

  • A , Neurosurgery, answered
    The risks of spinal fusion depend on age, overall medical condition of the patient, and the type of surgery.  Some of the risks include, but are not limited to, infection, bleeding, nerve/muscle/tendon/ligament damage, paralysis, pain, numbness, deformity, loss or decreased range of motion, bowel/bladder dysfunction, dural tear, revision surgery, pseudoarthrosis, hardware failure, malpositioning of hardware, blindness, heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and death. However, most of the time the benefits of the surgery far out weigh the risks of surgery.  My own father had a very successful spinal fusion back surgery and has done extremely well.
  • A , Dentist, answered

    As with any surgical intervention there are risks to spinal fusion surgery. Those risks have been thoroughly described by other writers. However, two additional complications can arise. Firstly, pseudoarthrosis can occur which is when there is unsuccessful fusion of the vertebrae. There may be a fibrous union between spinal vertebrae but this is insufficient to limit movement. Secondly, symptoms may recur despite surgery because the success rate is not 100%.

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