Spine Surgery Can Lead To Vision Loss Due To Identifies Risks

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When a person had an injury or a disease, the medical health care professionals will allow that person to choose certain treatment in which the patient will feel most comfortable undergoing the treatment. However, there are some instance where in the only cure for any ailments is through an invasive procedure which is in the form of surgery. By this, many individuals are afraid to undergo surgeries because of certain fears in which they are afraid of such as the fear of what will happen right after the surgery, and the fear of the unknown. However, the health care professionals are always providing the necessary patient teaching in order to lessen the patient’s anxiety. But, there are some instances where complications of surgery are indeed present such as in some spinal surgery.

In fact, according to a new study, researchers were able to identify several risk factors which are actually involve in the spinal surgery that can lead to vision loss or blindness of the patient who underwent the surgery.

The new study which was published in the published in the January issue of the journal Anesthesiology involved the analysis and examination of data gathered from a large national database which was made by the institution named as the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). The new study deemed to determine those patients who had vision loss or blindness right after the spinal surgery. And that data will actually be compared to the data of other patients who underwent the same spinal surgery but in the end did not develop any manifestation of vision loss or blindness. The researchers analyzed the data of the patients from about 17 medical centers which are located in the North America.

Upon the analysis of data, researchers found out about six risk factors which are linked with blindness or even partial blindness after the spinal surgery. The researchers enumerated the risk factors which include: patients who are obese, who are male, the use of a surgical frame in which it places the head lower that the heart, the time the surgery take place, the amount of the blood loss during the surgery, and the fluid which was used to replace the blood loss.

Moreover, according to study’s lead author, Dr. Lorri Lee of the University of Washington, Lee said: “our identification of the six major risk factors for ION (Ischemic Optic Neuropathy) hopefully means that some of these risk factors can be modified in certain situations, with the potential to decrease the risk of blindness after major back surgery.”



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