Novel Radiation-Free Assessment of Scoliosis and the Cobb Angle

Cobb angle measurement is essential in scoliosis diagnosis and monitoring, and other spinal deformities. The Ortelius800® is a 3D, radiation-free imaging system that non-invasively measures the spatial positions of the spinous processes.

Decisions and Expectations with Osteotomy Surgery for Fixed Sagittal Imbalance Syndromes: Smith-Petersen vs Pedicle Subtraction

Decisions and Expectations with Osteotomy Surgery for Fixed Sagittal Imbalance Syndromes

Cervical Spine Approaches by Metrix

Cervical spinal approaches by Metrix. The technical possibilities in reaching the cervical spine by videoendoscopy through the anterior and posterior approach are shown.

Lumbosacral and Spinopelvic Anatomy and Pathology - S3, S4

Lumbosacral and Spinopelvic Anatomy and Pathology. View the axial section through the right sacroiliac (SI) joint and the lesser pelvis at the level of S3-S4.

Nerve Blocks: Part 2

Part 2 is a discussion of different types of blocks including peripheral and sympathetic nerve blocks.

The Discography Controversy: Discussion

Risks of discography include discitis, neurologic and visceral injury, dye reactions, and spinal headache. Spinal cord injury, vascular injury, prevertebral abscess, and subdural empyema have been reported post-discography.

Outcomes of Allogenic Cages in ALIF and PLIF: Discussion

A number of studies have examined the outcome of interbody fusions. It should be realized that there are many types of spinal surgical techniques and healing processes.

Radiographs, CT Scans, Myelography, MRI, Bone Scan, Electrodiagnostic Tests and Discography

Plain radiographs of the spine can identify deformity, most fractures, destructive lesions, spondylolisthesis, and spondolytic changes but are less sensitive for soft tissues.

Imaging: Lumbosacral Fusion

Current imaging techniques are suboptimal in evaluating spinal interbody fusion.

A Health Professional's Guide to Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Spinal Surgery(VATS)

video assisted thoracoscopic surgery information for healthcare professionals

Recurrent L4 L5 Herniation Video

Video from Medtronic Sofamor Danek and the Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation. Professionally oriented video discusses the procedure.

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Video

Professional surgical video from Medtronic Sofamor Danek discusses technique for Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion.

Laparoscopic Bone Dowel System

A professionally oriented video from Medtronic Sofamor Danek discusses a Laparoscopic Bone Dowel System.

Posterior Occipitocervical Instrumentation and Fusion for Ventral Compression in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Case Report

Case Report for posterior occipitocervical instrumentation and fusion for ventral compression in rheumatoid arthritis.

Fusion Versus Disc Replacement for Discogenic Pain

The ultimate treatment for symptomatic disc degeneration should be disc arthroplasty instead of arthrodesis.

Thoracic Screw Placement in Deformity: Technique Pitfalls, Complications, Results

Thoracic Screw Placement in Deformity: Technique Pitfalls, Complications, Results

The Discography Controversy

Discography, also called 'provocative disk injection', has been used as a diagnostic modality for spine pain since the middle of the 20th century. This article summarizes the beliefs in lumbar and cervical discography.

Surgical Technique: Cervicothoracic Junction Arthroplasty

This case covers several controversial areas in the field of arthroplasty spine surgery.

Cervicothoracic Junction Arthroplasty

Case report of a 25-year-old woman who elected to have a Bryan disc cervical prosthesis placed after decompression at two levels.

Spinal Trauma Intervention: MAST Fusion

Case report of an elderly patient offered percutaneous pedicle screw fixation using MAST, Minimal Access Spinal Technology.

MAST Fusion Discussion: Spinal Trauma

Case report demonstrates the application of minimally invasive spinal fusion technology to spinal trauma for fracture stabilization.

MAST Fusion for Spinal Trauma

Case report about an elderly patient's spinal trauma subsequent to a fall.

Posterior Occipital Cervical Fixation

The evolution of occipitocervical fixation with advancing technology and progressive construct stability has allowed treatment of more complex craniocervical instabilities with a higher success rate...

References: Cages, Screws or Both?

References for the article "Cages, Screws or Both" by Rick Sasso, M.D..

References: 51 through 102

References 51 through 102 for Dr. Rick Sasso's article Lumbosacral Fusion: Cages, Dowels and Pedicle Screws.

References: 1 - 50 Lumbosacral Fusion

References 1 through 50 for Rick Sasso, M.D.'s article Lumbosacral Fusion: Cages, Dowels and Pedicle Screws.

Complications: Lumbosacral Fusion

The majority of complications associated with cylindrical anterior interbody fusion devices are a result of the operative approach, as opposed to specific device-related problems.

Clinical Studies: Lumbosacral Fusion

Many authors have reported excellent results with the use of threaded cylindrical devices for anterior lumber interbody fusion.

Patient Selection: Lumbosacral Fusion

Appropriate patient selection is critical to the clinical success of anterior lumbar interbody fusion.

Biomechanics: Lumbosacral Fusion

The greatest strength of the vertebral body is present in the subchondral bone of the cortical endplate.

Laparoscopic Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Technical Note

A case study from Emory University on the use of anterior lumbar interbody fusion.

Discussion: Isthmic Spondylolisthesis: Reduction vs. In-Situ Fusion?

A discussion of the SOCON Spondylolisthesis Reduction System.

Clinical Series of Spondylolisthesis Reductions

The outcomes of a clinical series of spondylolisthesis reductions utilizing the SOCON Spondylolisthesis Reduction System.

Evaluation of Neural Tension at the Time of Spondylolisthesis Reduction

An illustrated discussion of the evaluation of neural tension by means of cadaveric study.

Surgical Treatment of Isthmic Spondylolisthesis

Most surgeons utilize pedicular fixation where arthrodesis of adult isthmic spondylolisthesis is undertaken.

Isthmic Spondylolisthesis: Reduction vs. In-Situ Fusion?

Isthmic spondylolisthesis is an extremely common cause of lumbar symptomatology and remains one of the most common indications for lumbar reconstruction.

Lumbar Interbody Fusion Devices: A Comparative Study

Preliminary report on a prospective randomized concurrently on-going IDE study comparing the clinical outcomes of several metal cage fixation devices.

Outcomes in Allogenic Cages in ALIF and PLIF: Interbody Spacer

A posterior lumbar interbody (PLIF) spacer is a contoured, wedge-shaped cortical allograft that comes in five anterior heights.

Outcomes of Allogenic Cages in ALIF and PLIF: Biological Fusion Cages

The aim is to provide mechanical support to the segment being fused with biocompatible implant material and to allow the use of autogenous bone to promote spinal fusion.

Outcomes of Allogenic Cages in ALIF and PLIF: Anatomy and Biomechanics of Interbody Fusion

Interbody fusions provide the most logical solution to diseases of the spine's intervertebral discs.

Outcomes of Allogenic Cages in ALIF and PLIF: History

Spinal fusion can be accomplished by various techniques such as posterior and/or anterior procedures with and without internal fixation.

Outcomes of Allogenic Cages in Anterior and Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

This article provides a review of two newly developed biological cages; the femoral ring allograft (FRA) space and the posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) spacer.

Outcomes of Allogenic Cages in ALIF and PLIF: Outcomes

Outcome discussion of a total of 179 FRA Cages utilized for anterior spinal reconstruction in 137 patients from March 1998 to July 2000.

Fusion vs Disc Replacement for Discogenic Pain: Part 3

We are at the beginning of another period of technology explosion in the field of spine surgery, which can be compared to the "Charnley era" in the development of hip arthroplasty.

Fusion vs Disc Replacement for Discogenic Pain: Part 2

The unique demands on spine arthroplasty implants necessitate that the intervertebral disc is not a true joint and serves a double function of mobility and damping with load repartition properties.

Scoliosis and the Cobb Angle: Novel Radiation-Free Assessment

The Ortelius800® system instantaneously creates a graphical reconstruction of the spine, displaying calculated angle of deformity (Cobb angle), leg length discrepancy, and data on the patient's torso in real time.

Abstract Placement of Pedicle Screws in the Cervical Spine: Comparative Accuracy of Cervical Pedical Screw Placement Using Three Techniques

A method of cervical pedicle screw placement based on topographic anatomy was developed as a result of this analysis.

Thoracoscopic Anterior Instrumentation For Scoliosis

Correcting a patient with Scoliosis using Thoracoscopic Anterior Instrumentation.

Lumbosacral Fusion: Cages, Dowels and Pedicle Screws

Spinal fusion has become a widely used option in the treatment of degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine.

Screws, Cages or Both?

Currently, there are a wide number of available interbody fusion devices of varying design and material, not all of which have gained Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in the setting of a stand–alone device. A review of the choices.

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