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Complications

Possible Complications for a Patient in a Halo

  • Pain
  • Pin site infections
  • Pin loosening
  • Social isolation
  • Eating disturbances
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Loss of intervertebral alignment
  • Forehead scarring
  • Pin penetration into the head
  • Pressure sores under the vest
  • Headaches
  • Pin penetration into the dura, causing a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak
  • Scarring once the skin has healed at the pin insertion site

Other risks are associated with spinal surgery or spinal cord injury:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Pain
  • Paralysis

It is important to speak to your doctor concerning potential complications and how they are treated. Some complications can be avoided with proper postoperative care at home.

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