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Acute complications in open/miss primary and revision thoracolumbar spine surgery: a descriptive study of the most common complications and treatment of choice – Lumbar Fusion

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The study analyzed the frequency of acute perioperative complications in open/MISS thoracolumbar spine surgery. The retrospective cohort included 816 patients over a two-year period, and the results showed a 7.2% frequency of acute complications. The most common complications were infection (2.7%), dural tear (1.7%), and screw malpositioning (1%). The study also highlighted the need for standardized guidelines for risk detection and treatment algorithms based on high-quality studies

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S: The subsidiary patient of spinal surgery is getting older and has more comorbidities, and therefore, has a higher risk of complications. Although there are models predicting the risk of complications, they are not used in routine clinical practice. It would be necessary to unify the main criteria and establish guidelines for risk detection and therapeutic algorithms based on new high-quality studies.

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Int Orthop. 2023 Nov 29. doi: 10.1007/s00264-023-06047-7. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTPURPOSE: Main question The aim of this study is to describe and analyze the frequency of acute perioperative (intraoperatively and 30 days after) complications of open/MISS thoracolumbar spine surgery. Secondary questions A) Describe the treatment of choice for every kind of complication mentioned. B) Perform,

Int Orthop. 2023 Nov 29. doi: 10.1007/s00264-023-06047-7. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

PURPOSE: Main question The aim of this study is to describe and analyze the frequency of acute perioperative (intraoperatively and 30 days after) complications of open/MISS thoracolumbar spine surgery. Secondary questions A) Describe the treatment of choice for every kind of complication mentioned. B) Perform a bibliographic search and compare the complications described and their frequency with those studied in the manuscript.

METHODS: A retrospective cohort of 816 patients undergoing spinal surgery over a two year period was analyzed. Acute complications of 59 patients are described whether those with a greater number of levels required longer periods of hospitalization.

RESULTS: The frequency of acute complications was 7.2%. The most common was infection (2.7%), followed by dural tear (1.7%), and screw malpositioning (1%), which is consistent with the current literature. No statistically significant results were observed when comparing the mean length of hospital stay among patients operated on a greater number of levels compared to the rest (P: 0.344; 95% CI: -3.88-10.93).

S: The subsidiary patient of spinal surgery is getting older and has more comorbidities, and therefore, has a higher risk of complications. Although there are models predicting the risk of complications, they are not used in routine clinical practice. It would be necessary to unify the main criteria and establish guidelines for risk detection and therapeutic algorithms based on new high-quality studies.

PMID:38019296 | DOI:10.1007/s00264-023-06047-7

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Acute complications in open/miss primary and revision thoracolumbar spine surgery: a descriptive study of the most common complications and treatment of choice

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