What risks are associated with postoperative activity level or trauma following surgery for idiopathic scoliosis?

Updated: Dec 02, 2020
  • Author: Charles T Mehlman, DO, MPH; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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Some concern exists regarding postoperative activity level and the possible hazards of trauma. Neyt and Weinstein reported a case of lumbar spine fracture dislocation in a teenage boy 3 years after successful scoliosis surgery. [139] The boy's fusion extended from the second thoracic vertebra to the first lumbar vertebra, and his subsequent fracture dislocation occurred at the L2-3 level.


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