NARRATIVE REVIEWSurgical Site Infections in Spinal SurgeryBoody, Barrett S. MD; Jenkins, Tyler J. MD; Hashmi, Sohaib Z. MD; Hsu, Wellington K. MD; Patel, Alpesh A. MD; Savage, Jason W. MDAuthor Information Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL The authors declare no conflict of interest. Reprints: Barrett Boody, MD, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 676 N. Saint Clair, Suite 1350, Chicago, IL 60611 (e-mail: [email protected]). Received June 24, 2015 Accepted October 7, 2015 Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques: December 2015 - Volume 28 - Issue 10 - p 352-362 doi: 10.1097/BSD.0000000000000339 Buy Metrics Abstract Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a potentially devastating complication of spine surgery. SSIs are defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as occurring within 30 days of surgery or within 12 months of placement of foreign bodies, such as spinal instrumentation. SSIs are commonly categorized by the depth of surgical tissue involvement (ie, superficial, deep incisional, or organ and surrounding space). Postoperative infections result in increased costs and postoperative morbidity. Because continued research has improved the evaluation and management of spinal infections, spine surgeons must be aware of these modalities. The controversies in evaluation and management of SSIs in spine surgery will be reviewed. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.