Lumbar spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that’s performed to address issues with the vertebrae in the lower back. It involves fusing together the affected bones together to prevent painful motion and alleviate chronic symptoms that have not responded to conservative treatments.
As with all surgeries, there are some complications associated with lumbar spinal fusion procedures that patients should be aware of. They include:
- Infection: An infection is always a risk after surgery. However, Dr. Rovner administers antibiotics before, during and after the procedure to reduce this risk.
- Continued symptoms: If the surgery is not successful, some patients will continue to experience symptoms of their condition and may require an additional procedure.
- Nerve damage: Very rarely, the surrounding nerves or blood vessels may be damaged during lumbar spinal fusion.
During your initial consultation, NJ spine surgeon Dr. Rovner will review these complications with you and outline the careful steps he takes to prevent them.