Anesthesia for Spine Surgery - Introduction

Spine surgery presents a set of challenges, including prolonged procedures, prone positioning, fluid shifts, and manipulations adjacent to nerves and blood vessels. Although most patients undergo elective procedures, a significant number present with acute injuries and neurologic compromise that require emergent interventions. Spinal conditions treated with surgical intervention include intervertebral disc disease, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, spondylosis, tumors, and trauma.

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