What complications have been reported in association with microsurgical lumbar discectomy

Fortunately complications are rare but may include:

Vascular injury Nerve root injury Dural tear Infection

Increased back pain

Recurrent disc herniation Cauda equina syndrome Medical complications (e.g. thrombophlebitis, urinary tract infection)

Figure 49-4. The two windows of opportunity into the spinal canal: interlaminar (right) and intertransverse (left). (From McCullough JA. The lateral approach to the lumbar spine. Oper Tech Orthop 1991 ;1:27, 55, with permission.)

Figure 49-4. The two windows of opportunity into the spinal canal: interlaminar (right) and intertransverse (left). (From McCullough JA. The lateral approach to the lumbar spine. Oper Tech Orthop 1991 ;1:27, 55, with permission.)

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