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Namath S. Hussain, M.D.
Mick J. Perez-Cruet, M.D., M.S.

Spine surgery as we know it has changed dramatically over the past 2 decades. More patients are undergoing minimally invasive procedures. Surgeons are becoming more comfortable with these procedures, and changes intechnology have led to several new approaches and products to make surgery safer for patients and improve patient outcomes. As more patients undergo minimally invasive spine surgery, more long-term outcome and complications data have been collected. The authors describe the common complications associated with these minimally invasive surgical procedures and delineate management options for the spine surgeon. (DOI: 10.3171/2011.8.FOCUS11165)

Key Words • minimally invasive • spine surgery • complications

With recent advances in technique and access instrumentation,minimally invasive spine surgery has ushered in a renaissance in spine care. Surgeons are becoming more comfortable with these procedures,and industry-surgeon collaborations have provided a plethora of new products to make surgery safer for patients and improve patient outcomes. As more patients receive minimally invasive spine surgery treatments, stronger long-term outcome data are supporting this change in practice pattern.

 

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