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1Causes of postoperative deformities

Inadequate follow up

Any spine fracture has the potential to behave unpredictably. Unanticipated changes in alignment are most easily corrected early on.

It is therefore essential to re-evaluate both operatively and nonoperatively treated fractures radiographically and clinically at regular intervals. Initial follow up a minimum of three weeks and six weeks postoperatively is recommended.

These images show a well aligned C6-C7 unilateral facet fracture.