Risk factors for Post-Operative Spine Surgery Complications Determined in New Study
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 03:35

Have you suffered from after back surgery complications? A recent study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, set out to identify precisely what risk factors affected the chances of any issues. According to the conclusions of the study's authors, some attributes that made complications more probable included advanced age, a history of cardiovascular health problems or spinal wound infection, and the use of corticosteroids.

The research supporting these statements involved close examination of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database, maintained by the American College of Surgeons. Study authors focused on 3,475 patients who underwent their back procedures to correct spinal stenosis, disc degeneration or a herniated disc between 2005 and 2008.

Those involved in this study's analysis claimed that they had no intention of undermining the reputation of back surgery or that of its practitioners. The risk factors they identified, if found early on in a prospective patient for a back treatment, could ideally be addressed somehow and allow the operation to proceed to the benefit of all involved.

According to the study's findings, a total of 7.6 percent of the patients whose surgical records were analyzed suffered from complications within 30 days of their operation. These included wound- and sepsis-based infections, vein thrombosis and other, less serious effects such as urinary tract infections.

Other noted attributes included past instances of sepsis, pre-operative neurological issues, surgeries taking longer than normal to complete and a rating of 3 or more on the American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status scaling system.

According to the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, back surgery is best employed to treat disc herniations and spinal stenosis if either condition causes serious pain and nerve compression that is detrimental to movement. Minimally invasive spine treatment techniques like endoscopic spine surgery may be recommended by an orthopedic specialist in such cases.

For the majority of patients, spine treatments are entirely effective in eliminating the pain and other symptoms that bring them such extreme discomfort, or reducing them to negligible levels. Certain patients will have a greater likelihood of encountering after back surgery problems than others. Additionally, the chance of complications is notably contingent on the type of procedure being performed - some have minimal risk, while others are less predictable.

Experts including Dr. Bryan Massoud, a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon and assistant clinical professor at Seton Hall Graduate School of Medicine, state that these methods require minimal incisions - typically only one-quarter of an inch wide - and no general anesthesia. Additionally, they have a low incidence of infection and other complications.

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