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Spinal Surgery Riskier for Certain Patients, Study Finds
Date:9/27/2011

dy only documents complications and mortality that occurred within 30 days after surgery. Many studies exist that illustrate the safety and efficacy of spine surgery, and the intent of this work was not to be alarmist. Our goal was to identify medical conditions and other factors that could be addressed prior to surgery in order to further enhance the safety of spine surgery and help achieve the best results for patients," Schoenfeld said in the news release.

"We hope that our findings will allow surgeons, patients and their families to have a more open dialogue and discussion regarding potential risks prior to surgery," he added.

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The University of Maryland Spine Program outlines a guide to complications of spine surgery.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, news release, Sept. 20, 2011


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