There can be some very serious Spinal Fusion Complications. The complications are varied a lot and depend on which part of the spine was fused during the surgery. Some of the complications of spinal fusion surgery are: hard time swallowing frequently, aorta laceration which can be severe, abdominal hernias occuring at any time, severe chronic pain that will not go away, excessive blood loss, injury to the nerve or nerves, vascular injury, hematoma and severe blood loss.
Any spinal fusion may have the complication of a laceration of the spinal cord which is very serious. Only another complication is a nerve root or other spinal cord injury which may result in paralysis that may not be reversible. More complications are extrusion of the bone graft, spinal instability that is severe, injuries because of the rods or screws that were placed inside you during the surgery. Also any fusion can cause a serious infection or fusion failure this is not a surgery to take lightly at all. You may even want a second opinion on this surgery just to make sure that it is needed and is the right treatment for your condition. It is better to be informed as with any surgery so that you know the benefits and the complications.
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