Long Term Complications of Lumbar Surgery

By | April 28, 2015

It remains for us to consider the most common serious long-term complications of lumbar surgery, before passing judgement on its advisability.

It remains for us to consider the most common serious long-term complications of lumbar surgery, before passing judgement on its advisability.

I know that this stuff has slow and tedious, but we are nearing the end. If you will remember, our original goal was to examine the decision making process for surgical intervention in the lumbar spine. In order to do this we first looked at the making of the medical mindset with special emphasis on the surgical psyche. Secondly we explored the normal anatomy of the lumbar spine followed by its pathologic anatomy. Next we delved into the disease, which devolve from these deviations. We have completed our compendium of remedial reconfigurations. It remains for us only to consider the most common complications or our surgical subterfuge and we will be ready to begin the cost benefit analysis.

Since our goal is to pass judgment on the advisability of surgery as a whole we will examine only serious, permanent and unpreventable complications, which could tip these scales. A superficial wound infection, which will inconvenience the patient for a matter of days to weeks, but in the end, doesn’t really matter. Likewise a temporary neuropraxia from decompressing a badly stenotic foramen, will be upsetting and inconvenient, but not life changing. Lastly, we will assume that the patients listen to our advice here at Schlesinger Pain Centers and avoid surgeons with inadequate skill and the complications such as nerve root injury that result from surgical misadventure.


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