Complications depend upon why the device was implanted in the first place. If implantation was due to stenosis without slip, removing the device and then at the same time doing a central decompression will remedy the problem. If there is a slip and the vertebra is unstable, then a fusion might have to be contemplated.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.