AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 2, 2018


Risk of Blindness from Spine Surgery Down Significantly

One of the most common surgeries performed in the U.S. is spinal fusion. Since the late 1990s, the risk of blindness from this surgery as dropped three-fold. Spinal-fusion surgery is a last-resort option for those who are suffering from pain as a result of trauma, older age, sedentary lifestyle or obesity. “While there are significant complications that can result from spinal-fusion surgery, it seems that blindness, a catastrophic and devastating complication, is one that has become far rarer in recent years,” says Dr. Steven Roth, the Michael Reese Endowed Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and senior author on the paper. To read more, click here.

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