Complications Associated with Posterior Lumbar Surgery

Woojin Cho, Adam L. Shimer, Francis H. Shen

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Abstract

Complications associated with posterior lumbar surgeries include pseudarthrosis, loss of fixation, instrumentation malposition, and cerebrospinal fluid leakage. An understanding of the associated risk factors and their incidences can help to reduce the likelihood of complications. Adhering to meticulous operative technique is also essential. Once complications occur, establishing the diagnosis and tailoring treatment to each individual patient can help to reduce the risk for progression of symptoms and can limit additional complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-113
Number of pages13
JournalSeminars in Spine Surgery
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cerebrospinal fluid leakage
  • Complications
  • Instrumentation malposition
  • Loss of fixation
  • Posterior lumbar surgery
  • Pseudarthrosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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