What is included in the postoperative care following surgical treatment of kyphosis?

Updated: May 04, 2020
  • Author: R Carter Cassidy, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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Patients usually require clinically significant pain medication after undergoing correction of kyphosis, especially extensive procedures. The amount of narcotics given should be carefully titrated because the drugs may cause ileus, atelectasis, or difficulty in mobilizing the patient after surgery.

Because blood losses can be substantial, patients should be monitored for anemia. Electrolytes should be checked as well, given that notable fluid shifts are common in the perioperative period.

Careful postoperative neurologic examination is important for identifying any changes from the patient's preoperative status. [67]


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