Updated: Mar 24
Although sometime necessary, there are many risks w/ spinal surgery including:
Infection - One of the most common complications is an infection in the area of the incision.
Blood clots - There's a risk of developing a blood clot after lumbar decompression surgery, particularly in your leg. This is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Dural tear - There's a risk of a dural tear occurring during all types of spinal surgery, including lumbar decompression surgery. The dura is an insulating sac of tissue that covers the spinal cord & spinal nerves.
Leakage of cerebrospinal fluid - During lumbar decompression surgery, there's a risk of accidental damage to the lining of the nerve, which can lead to the leakage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).
Recurrent or continuing symptoms - Lumbar decompression surgery is generally effective in relieving symptoms such as leg pain & numbness. However, some people continue to have symptoms after surgery, or develop symptoms again within a few years of surgery.
Nerve injury & paralysis - Some patients who have lumbar decompression surgery will develop new numbness or weakness in one or both legs as a result of the operation. Paralysis is an uncommon, but serious, complication that can occur as a result of lumbar decompression surgery.
Death - As with all types of surgery, there's a risk of dying during or after lumbar decompression surgery, although this is rare. A blood clot, a bad reaction to anesthesia & blood loss can all be life-threatening.