Researchers examined The Spine End Results Registry to collect postoperative data on patients who underwent spine surgery. Complications associated with the procedure were recorded for at least two years after surgery.
There were 767 patients included in the study and the complications included:
• 13 percent cardiac
• 7 percent pulmonary
• 6.7 percent gastrointestinal
• 8.2 percent neurological
• 17.5 percent hematological
• 10.3 percent urologic
The researchers also identified risk factors for complications, noting surgeon invasiveness as the largest risk factor for cardiac, pulmonary, neurological and hematological complications.
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Study: Invasive Surgery Associated With Major Lumbar Fusion ComplicationsWritten by Laura Miller | October 03, 2011
A recent study published in Spine identified the level of risk patients undergoing lumbar fusion surgery have for pulmonary, gastrointestinal, neurologic, hematologic and urologic complications.
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