Potential intraoperative and postoperative complication rates following cervical spine fusion in a patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis
- • Postoperative mortality: 0% to 10%. Has been as high as 33% for patients with severe neurologic compromise.
- • Wound infections and dehiscence.
- • Nonunion rates: 0% to 50%. Average is 20%.
- • Late subaxial subluxation below previous fusion as a result of transfer of increased stresses.