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What are possible complications in surgery for spinal stenosis?

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Spinal stenosis is when the canal in your spinal column narrows. Surgery can reopen your spinal canal.

There’s a chance of complications with any surgery, including with anesthesia to put you to sleep.

People who smoke, are elderly or overweight, have diabetes, or have several medical problems at once have a higher chance of complications. For spinal stenosis, specific risks include:

  • Possible infection, bleeding, or blood clots
  • A tear in the membrane that covers the spinal cord
  • Nerve damage

From: Do I Need Surgery for Spinal Stenosis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Spinal Stenosis.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Spinal Stenosis.”

The Cleveland Clinic: “Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 18, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Spinal Stenosis.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Spinal Stenosis.”

The Cleveland Clinic: “Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 18, 2018

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