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Caring for the adult patient undergoing anterior/posterior spinal fusion.

Authors
  • Kopp, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Orthopedic nursing
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1997
Volume
16
Issue
2
Identifiers
PMID: 9155414
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Adult patients with severe scoliosis are increasingly undergoing a combined anterior/posterior spinal fusion to correct the spinal deformity. If the scoliosis is thoracolumbar, a retroperitoneal approach and a thoracotomy are required. This combined surgical approach requires increased knowledge and assessment skills of the attending nurse. Included in this article is the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative management of the adult patient undergoing anterior/posterior spinal fusion.

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