Laser spine surgery results in less complications, study findings confirm

The Bonati Spine Institute (Hudson, FL), which performs Bonati Spine Procedures for minimally invasive laser spine surgery, agrees with study findings that stated that more major medical complications are found in complicated traditional open-back surgeries.

More than 8 percent of adult spinal surgeries result in major perioperative complications, such as excessive blood loss, returns to the OR for deep infections, pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, according to research presented at the recent American Association of Neurological Surgeons meeting, held April 9–13 in Denver, CO. The research was also published in Medscape Medical News.

Researchers conducted a retrospective study involving 953 patients, including matched controls, participating in open-back surgery. Results showed 99 total major complications from the patient cohort, with an average 1.4 complication per patient. A break-out analysis showed 11 patients experienced excessive blood loss, 11 patients returned to the OR for deep-wound infections and 10 patients experienced pulmonary embolism. According to researchers, the main risk factor that is under the surgeons' control is the number of surgery stages and the surgical approach, as reported by Becker’s Orthopedic and Spine Review.

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Posted by Lee Mather

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