Like most surgeries, back surgery has some risks. The more serious risks include:
Wound problems, including infection and hematoma (bad bruise): Less than 1 to 2 out of 100 people who had surgery had an infection or some other wound problem.
Nerve damage: About 1 to 3 out of 100 people who had surgery had nerve root injury or new or worsening nerve-related problems, such as weakness, numbness, or tingling.
Having symptoms that don't get better, or having new symptoms in the future: About 4 to 10 out of 100 people who had surgery went on to have another surgery for a herniated disc.
Current as of:
July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Robert B. Keller MD - Orthopedics Kenneth J. Koval MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Robert B. Keller MD - Orthopedics & Kenneth J. Koval MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
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