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How soon after a spinal cord injury should surgery be performed?

How soon after a spinal cord injury should surgery be performed?

David Chen, MD

Medical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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It is not always essential to do surgery immediately or urgently after a spinal cord injury. The timing of surgery, after a spinal cord injury, varies a lot from surgeon to surgeon, and from individual to individual. Part of the reason, for the diffe... Show More

It is not always essential to do surgery immediately or urgently after a spinal cord injury. The timing of surgery, after a spinal cord injury, varies a lot from surgeon to surgeon, and from individual to individual. Part of the reason, for the difference maybe the stability of the individual right after the injury, because there are so many things going on after a spinal cord injury, a surgeon needs to be confident that an individual has the ability to tolerate major surgery like this. In addition, the judgment of the surgeon is important in terms of their concern about if there is some neurologic function still present, and there’s evidence of compression on the spinal cord, the surgeon may want to do surgery earlier rather than later.

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How soon after a spinal cord injury should surgery be performed?

David Chen, MD

Medical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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It is not always essential to do surgery immediately or urgently after a spinal cord injury. The timing of surgery, after a spinal cord injury, varies a lot from surgeon to surgeon, and from individual to individual. Part of the reason, for the difference maybe the stability of the individual right after the injury, because there are so many things going on after a spinal cord injury, a surgeon needs to be confident that an individual has the ability to tolerate major surgery like this. In addition, the judgment of the surgeon is important in terms of their concern about if there is some neurologic function still present, and there’s evidence of compression on the spinal cord, the surgeon may want to do surgery earlier rather than later.

How soon after a spinal cord injury should surgery be performed?
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