The world-wide rate of complications from scoliosis surgery is around 10%, which is relatively high. For a wider overview see the scientific articles available in Pub Med and look for the key words ‘scoliosis surgery complications’. Below is a list of some possible complications:

  • neurological damage, paresis
  • loss of spinal flexibility (always at least 20-60%)
  • growth impediment
  • strain on unfused segments of the spine
  • post-operative pain
  • infections and inflammatory processes
  • curve progression (in 15-27% of cases)
  • decompensation by development of other types of spinal deformity
  • decompensation by development of torso deformity
  • repeated surgery
  • death (less than 1%)

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