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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.2013006800
pages 263-272

Instrumentation Related Complications in Spine Surgery

Efstathios Ballas
First Department of Orthopaedics, Attikon University Hospital, Athens University Medical School, Athens, Greece
Andreas F. Mavrogenis
First Department of Orthopaedics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine, ATTIKON University Hospital, Athens, Greece
Eirineos Karamanis
First Department of Orthopaedics, Attikon University Hospital, Athens University Medical School, Athens, Greece
George Mimidis
First Department of Orthopaedics, Attikon University Hospital, Athens University Medical School, Athens, Greece
Konstantinos Tolis
First Department of Orthopaedics, Attikon University Hospital, Athens University Medical School, Athens, Greece
Konstantinos Soultanis
First Department of Orthopaedics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine, ATTIKON University Hospital, Athens, Greece
Panayiotis J. Papagelopoulos
First Department of Orthopaedics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine, ATTIKON University Hospital, Athens, Greece

ABSTRACT

Spinal instrumentation constructs are frequently necessary for the surgical management of patients with variable spinal pathology. However, surgical complications may appear. These should be detected early and managed to achieve recovery and good functional outcome for the patient. This article provides an in-depth analysis of the most common instrumentation-related complications of spine surgery as well as a diagnostic plan and treatment options for the management of these challenging entities once they occur.