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Risk Factors for Vision Loss After Spine Surgery Identified

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Rare complication occurs in as many as one out of every 1,000 spine surgeries, researchers say

THURSDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have identified six risk factors linked to blindness after spine surgery, a rare but devastating complication.

Known as ischemic optic neuropathy, or ION, the complication occurs when the optic nerve located behind the eyeball is injured. It is estimated to occur in as many as one in 1,000 spine surgeries. Though rare, it can happen to healthy patients...

Rare complication occurs in as many as one out of every 1,000 spine surgeries, researchers say

THURSDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have identified six risk factors linked to blindness after spine surgery, a rare but...

Aging Spine

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The Aging SpineThe aging process causes changes to the spine, which may lead to a variety of conditions that may require treatment. A number of these problems can be caused, or at least worsened, by the presence of weak vertebrae. Others are caused by the natural process of aging which can be superimposed on a pre-existing spinal condition. While pain in various areas of the spine may be a nuisance, neurologic problems such as weakness and numbness require urgent and thorough evaluation...

Vitamin D Lacking in Many Spine Surgery Patients

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Younger patients in study more likely to have low levels of bone-building vitamin

FRIDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Low vitamin D levels are common among spine surgery patients and may delay their recovery, a new study says.

Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption. Spine surgery patients with low levels of the vitamin may have difficulty producing new bone, explained researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

They assessed 313 patients undergoing spinal fusion...

Health Tip: Signs of a Spinal Fracture

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(HealthDay News) -- A spinal fracture occurs when a small bone in the spine cracks, often a result of soft, brittle bones caused by osteoporosis.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons lists these common warning signs of a spinal fracture:Back pain that occurs near the spot of the fracture.Pain that worsens when you stand or sit for an extended period.Pain that eases when you rest or lie down.Rarely, pain that appears to radiate to another spot, such as the legs or...

Study Identifies Risk Factors for Complications after Spine Surgery

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For Immediate Release
09/16/2011

Study Identifies Risk Factors for Complications after Spine Surgery
Findings aim to help patients and surgeons address potential risks before surgical procedures

Rosemont, Ill

In the last 20 years, due to diagnostic and surgical advances, more and more patients have become appropriate candidates for spine surgery, and the number of these procedures performed has risen significantly. While medical experts acknowledge the...