J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2020 Jan;28(1):21-28
From the Indiana Spine Group, Carmel, IN (Dr. Jenkins, Dr. Snowden, Dr. Smucker, and Dr. Sasso), the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL (Dr. Jenkins, Dr. Hsu), the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY (Dr. Riew), and the Columbia Orthopaedic Group, Columbia, MO (Dr. Jenkins).
Introduction: Despite the proven success of anterior cervical surgery (ACS) postoperative issues can arise, with retropharyngeal hematoma (RH) being one of the most feared. A recent USA Today article highlighted the failed management and subsequent death of patients developing RH after ACS. The article calls into question the safety of performing ACS in an outpatient setting. Read More