While uncommon, complications can occur during and after spine surgery. Nerves are exposed and nerve damage is therefore a risk. There is also a risk that the bony bridge will not form and thus a fusion is not established. Breakage or loosening of the screws or plates can also occur. These complications could result in the need for another operation. Other complications that may occur with any surgery include wound infection, blood loss requiring transfusions and blood clots. General medical issues such as pneumonia or heart issues can be precipitated by surgery. Your surgeon and health care team will be taking great care to help prevent these and other complications.
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