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How to Prevent Wrong-Site Spine Surgery
Imaging enhancements and culture changes will ensure these errors truly are never events
Sheeraz Qureshi
Publish Date: June 11, 2020   |  Tags:   Neurosurgery-Spine
GOOD COUNT ?Sheeraz Qureshi, MD, MBA (left), counts the discs from the sacrum or the C2 vertebrae to avoid a wrong-site surgery.   |   Hospital for Special Surgery

The nature of spine surgery makes the risk of wrong-site errors greater than in any other surgical discipline. Similar-looking vertebrae, patient obesity, anatomic abnormalities and visualization limitations all play a role in surgeons mistaking which area of the spine they intended to work on. Thankfully, there are several solutions available — some expensive, some virtually free of cost — that can help surgeons properly identify the level of the spine that needs to be repaired or replaced.

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