Complications Associated with Posterior Lumbar Surgery

Woojin Cho, Adam L. Shimer, Francis H. Shen

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Complications associated with posterior lumbar surgeries include pseudarthrosis, loss of fixation, instrumentation malposition, and cerebrospinal fluid leakage. An understanding of the associated risk factors and their incidences can help to reduce the likelihood of complications. Adhering to meticulous operative technique is also essential. Once complications occur, establishing the diagnosis and tailoring treatment to each individual patient can help to reduce the risk for progression of symptoms and can limit additional complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-113
Number of pages13
JournalSeminars in Spine Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Cerebrospinal fluid leakage
  • Complications
  • Instrumentation malposition
  • Loss of fixation
  • Posterior lumbar surgery
  • Pseudarthrosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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