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What are the risks of spinal decompression surgery?

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The more common risks associated with spinal decompression surgery are:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia
  • Nerve or tissue damage

The surgery may not improve back pain much. It can be difficult to determine who will benefit from spinal decompression surgery.

SOURCES:

American Spinal Decompression Association: "Spinal Decompression Therapy."

Daniel, D.M. Chiropractic and Osteopathy, 2007.

Cleveland Clinic: "Spinal Decompression Surgery."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 17, 2019

SOURCES:

American Spinal Decompression Association: "Spinal Decompression Therapy."

Daniel, D.M. Chiropractic and Osteopathy, 2007.

Cleveland Clinic: "Spinal Decompression Surgery."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 17, 2019

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