Increased in-hospital complications after primary posterior versus primary anterior cervical fusion.

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Increased in-hospital complications after primary posterior versus primary anterior cervical fusion.

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2011 Mar;469(3):649-57

Authors: Memtsoudis SG, Hughes A, Ma Y, Chiu YL, Sama AA, Girardi FP

Although anterior (ACDF) and posterior cervical fusion (PCDF) are relatively common procedures and both are associated with certain complications, the relative frequency and severity of these complications is unclear. Since for some patients either approach might be reasonable it is important to know the relative perioperative risks for decision-making.

PMID: 20838946 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]