The Spine Blog

Friday, December 20, 2013

From the Desk of Robert J. Hacker, MD

As clinicians and scientists, all of us have a responsibility to notify our colleagues if we experience a complication or notice a trend that might have implications for other surgeons’ practices. Such was the motivation for reporting our very late cervical arthroplasty complications. The report contains no exhaustive data review or statistical analysis (sixty year old neurosurgeons in private practice aren’t given to that sort of endeavor).  Yet, the radiographs and operative findings of our patients are compelling.  

 

Those performing arthroplasty must weigh our experience against their own and decide how to incorporate our data into their practice.  Patients considering cervical arthroplasty should at least be aware of very late complications and their follow up tailored in kind.