Postoperative complications of spine surgery

Matthew C. Swann, Kathryn S. Hoes, Salah G. Aoun, David L. Mcdonagh

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A variety of surgical approaches are available for the treatment of spine diseases. Complications can arise intraoperatively, in the immediate postoperative period, or in a delayed fashion. These complications may lead to severe or even permanent morbidity if left unrecognized and untreated [1-4]. Here we review a range of complications in the early postoperative period from more benign complications such as postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) to more feared complications leading to permanent loss of neurological function or death [5]. Perioperative pain management is covered in a separate review (Chapter 8).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-120
Number of pages18
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Anaesthesiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • complications
  • neuroanesthesia
  • neurosurgery
  • orthopedic surgery
  • postoperative complications
  • spine surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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