Complication management with minimally invasive spine procedures

Neurosurg Focus. 2011 Oct;31(4):E2. doi: 10.3171/2011.8.FOCUS11165.


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 in technology 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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disease Management
  • Humans
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / adverse effects
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Postoperative Complications / prevention & control*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Spinal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Spinal Diseases / surgery*
  • Spinal Fusion / adverse effects
  • Spinal Fusion / methods