Lesser known Complications of Spinal Surgery
Most chiropractic practices caution patients against invasive surgery that affects the spine like spinal surgery and it is easy to see why. The spine is responsible for the entire movement of the human body. Any anomalies have the potential to impair or worse, permanently disable a person for life. This is why chiropractors suggest non invasive or therapeutic treatments that rehabilitate compromised spinal structures.
Not convinced? Here are some lesser known reasons why spinal surgery can lead to complications –
Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) is one of the most common complications that occur in complex surgeries. It happens when blood clots form in the larger veins of the calf and sometimes the pelvis. This is also why surgical procedures that involve the lower extremities such as the lower area of the spine have a higher chance of developing DVT. Why? For one, the body will try to stop the bleeding that is associated with spinal surgery. This is also why the body’s clotting mechanism is hyperactive during this time. Secondly, blood that does not flow or sits stagnant is liable to clot as well.
Surgeons sometimes recommend implants to stabilize a patient’s vertebrae. The term implant migration is used to describe the instance a surgically placed implant moves from where the surgeon put it and is a potential occurrence after spinal surgery. The implant may lose its ability to stabilize the vertebrae if it moves too far. The danger is very real if it ends up moving towards larger vessels and damaging them.
Most spinal surgeries involve the use of anesthesia. General anesthesia numbs the pain around the area where the operation will be performed. General anesthesia is used to keep a patient unconscious throughout the duration of the procedure. However, problems can arise if the specialist ends up using too much or too little of the gas. The patient might end up waking up when his/her back is cut open or might not wake up at all.
Complications with spinal surgery are nothing to scoff at. They can end up causing a patient pain, impairment and the need for additional surgery to correct them. That is more than someone can handle. Fortunately chiropractic practices offer a range of non invasive treatment procedures that are just as affective but don’t come with the same risks. They are also more successful for the long term.