A Systematic Review of Complications Following Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Including Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Hannah Weiss, Roxanna M. Garcia, Ben Hopkins, Nathan Shlobin, Nader S. Dahdaleh*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: To assess complications after minimally invasive spinal surgeries including transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF) by reviewing the most recent literature. Recent Findings: Current literature demonstrates that minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in spine has improved clinical outcomes and reduced complications when compared with open spinal procedures. Recent studies describing MI-TLIF primarily for degenerative disk disease, spondylolisthesis, and vertebral canal stenosis cite over 89 discrete complications, with the most common being radiculitis (ranging from 2.8 to 57.1%), screw malposition (0.3–12.7%), and incidental durotomy (0.3–8.6%). Summary: Minimally invasive spine surgery has a distinct set of complications in comparison with other spinal procedures. These complications vary based on the exact MIS procedure and indication. The most frequently documented MI-TLIF complications in current published literature were radiculitis, screw malposition, and incidental durotomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-339
Number of pages12
JournalCurrent Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 15 2019

Keywords

  • Complications
  • Minimally invasive
  • Spine
  • Systematic review
  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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