Complications of Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spine Surgeries

Complications of Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spine Surgeries

Jessica L. Block

Victor Popov

Tony Tannoury

Chadi Tannoury

D. Greg Anderson

REBUTTAL ▪ Why Open Surgery Mitigates MIS Related Complications

Eliza Anderson

Karim Shafi

Gregory D. Schroeder

Worawat Limthongkul

Kris E. Radcliff

Alexander R. Vaccaro


Minimally invasive spine surgical (MIS) techniques are becoming increasingly popular in the treatment of lumbar spinal diseases. In theory, these techniques, which generally spare muscle integrity and minimize surgical incisions, should improve patient outcomes when performed correctly. It has been commonly postulated that MIS lumbar surgical procedures have lower levels of blood loss, cause less soft-tissue damage and reduce postoperative pain, potentially leading to quicker recovery and shorter hospital stays compared to traditional open approaches. As with all medical interventions, there are potential complications that can occur during MIS spinal surgery. It is important for the surgeon performing MIS surgery to have a good understanding of the potential complications that may occur during MIS surgery so that these complications can be reduced or avoided. In the event of a complication, early recognition is generally beneficial so that the issue can be resolved as quickly as possible. This chapter will focus on surgical complications related to specific lumbar MIS procedures with an emphasis on complication avoidance.

Oct 7, 2018 | Posted by in RHEUMATOLOGY | Comments Off on Complications of Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spine Surgeries
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