Risks in certain cases of operative intervention

We have a considerable experience of microneurosurgical interventions. Overall, Dr Klein, one of the operating doctors, has performed over 25,000 operations on intervertebral disks, removals of the narrowing (stenosis) and operations in the area of peripheral nerves. Nevertheless, we are obliged to offer you a detailed explanation of operation-related risks. Naturally, it can be done in full detail during preliminary medical examinations and consultations.

General surgical risks of an operation include secondary hemorrhages and infections of the wound.

When the area of the cervical spine is operated on there is a 1:8,000 risk of transverse paralysis, but fortunately we have had no experience of such extreme cases yet. When they occur the patient is bound to a wheel-chair after the operation. There is an approximately 1:1000 risk of hoarseness because of the paralysis of the vocal fold. Otherwise there are risks of about 1:500 that after the operation arms and hands will function with deficiency.

When the area of the lumbar spine is operated on there is a risk of abnormalities in the bladder function accompanied by a loss of the ability to experience orgasm. This risk materializes only in about 1 in 3000 cases. There is a half percent probability that after the operation there will be an abnormality of walking – a limp. Transverse paralysis in the area of the lumbar spine is exceptionally rare and has not been observed in any of our patients.