What you need to know about spinal fusion surgeries in Canada
A spinal fusion procedure, commonly referred to as spinal fusion, is an operation that allows surgeons to connect the spinal cord with nerves and muscles in a person’s head.
While many people can have a partial or full recovery, there are some serious complications.
Some of the most common complications include:• aortic aneurysm rupture• a brain aneurism• stroke• stroke-like symptomsThe Canadian Association of Neurological Surgeons has recommended spinal fusion in all its guidelines, and in a 2015 report, it said it would recommend it in all the patients it sees.
However, experts say there’s a lot more work to be done before spinal fusion is considered safe and effective.
“Surgical complications are often related to the amount of fluid that has to be pumped in, the amount that’s required to keep the patient hydrated and the type of anesthesia used,” said Dr. James Pugh, an associate professor at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine and director of the Centre for Clinical Neurosciences at the university.
“You also have to take into account that there is also the possibility of infection.”
Dr. Pugh said it’s critical for people to understand that spinal fusion involves the same level of risk and complication as a regular eye or nose job.
“It is a serious procedure and it is something that needs to be looked at very carefully,” he said.
“There are risks associated with this procedure, but it also carries with it other risks associated [with] any other procedures.”
As a first step, it’s important to have a basic understanding of what the surgery entails.
“The most important thing is that you are familiar with how to perform the surgery, so that you understand the risks and complications,” Dr. Paugh said.
“The procedure itself can be very straightforward.”
Pugh says if someone is having difficulty sleeping or eating, they might have to undergo an additional MRI scan to assess the level of blood flow to the brain.
In the case of an aneurysis rupture, doctors must inject a small amount of blood into the aneurym to prevent the clot from forming, but this process is extremely painful.
“I have seen some patients who have aneuries where it’s really painful to see,” Dr Pugh added.
“But you also have patients who do have an aneuploidy, where there’s no blood left in the aneuve.
You also have cases where the blood is not circulating as it should.”
Puppy’s aneuric surgery can be done under general anesthesia and requires about five minutes to perform, Pugh explained.
“They’re also able to do some very complex procedures like reconstructive surgery,” he added.
While it’s not as invasive as a spinal fusion and does not involve the removal of any part of the brain, some experts say it can be quite uncomfortable.
“We’re seeing a lot of cases where there are complications, and that’s a really scary thing to see when you’re dealing with this,” Dr Mihir Kaur, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the Karolinska Institute, told CBC News.
“You have to be very careful and very cautious, because if you’re not careful, then you might do a bad thing.”
Dr Kaur said there is some evidence that spinal deformities can lead to more serious complications in patients who undergo the surgery.
“One of the things that is very interesting about this is that it has shown to be associated with other health problems,” he noted.
“This is not the only case that we’ve found that it may be associated to, and there are others, but we think that it’s a very significant one.”
Dr Pugh agrees.
“If you see any complication of this surgery, there is a risk associated with it,” he explained.
“And then you’re really seeing the patient’s condition deteriorate over time.
And it’s also very important to see the patient for an MRI before the surgery is done.”
In general, I think the best thing for people is to do the surgery as soon as possible.
And if they have a concern about it, they can get an MRI.
But in general, we think the safest thing is to have it done as soon after the surgery.
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