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What kind of complications might happen from an anterior cervical fusion?

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Dr. Larry Armstrong answered

Specializes in Neurosurgery

See the list: Here are the risks: infection, bleeding, nerve damage, paralysis, loss of voice, ongoing numbness and tingling, failure to improve, failure of fusion, failure of instrumentation, stroke, heart attack, coma, damage to the trachea, esophagus, carotid or jugular vein, worsening of pain, need for further surgery, spinal fluid leak, or even death.

Answered 11/20/2013

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Dr. .. answered

Specializes in Critical Care

Standard ACDF risks: Bleeding (possibly causing airway compromise, rarely severe due to carotid or vertebral artery prob), infection, spinal fluid leak, nerve damage, spinal cord injury (rare but not impossible), hoarseness and swallowing trouble (usually temporary, but occasionally permanent), failure of the fusion (5-10%), problems with hardware, need for more surgery, failure to relieve symptoms, risk of anesthesia.

Answered 4/4/2016

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Dr. Kevin Vaught answered

Specializes in

Many: Hoarseness, swallowing problems, infection, instrumentation failure, failure to fuse, stroke, nerve or spinal cord injury, spinal fluid leak, adjacent segment problems in the future, continued pain, esophageal or tracheal injury, post-operative bleeding to name a few. Check out spine-health.Com.

Answered 4/6/2014

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Dr. Thomas Dowling answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Risks include : Infection, failure if fusion healing, hardware loosening if used, voice hoarseness, swallowing issues, hematoma, spinal fluid leakage, neural injury, development of adjacent spine segment or level problems that may require further surgery, pneumonia, blood clot or DVT, injury to adjacent structures like the esophagus to name a few. Speak to your surgeon for full disclosure and rates of each.

Answered 8/7/2014

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Dr. Kathryn Ko answered

Specializes in Neurosurgery

Long list: Many complications can occur, fortunately the procedure is done regularly with good results. My Healthtap Colleague outlined these very well.

Answered 8/7/2014

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