The Impact of L5 Sacralization on Fusion Rates and Clinical Outcomes After Single-level Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) at L4–L5 Level

Conclusions: Patients with type II or III L5 sacralization may have worse fusion rates after L4–L5 PLIF surgery than those with type I or no sacralization.
Source: Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques - Category: Surgery Tags: Primary Research Source Type: research

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Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: OP-ED Uncategorized AlfieEvans Source Type: blogs
ConclusionThe study showed that the extreme lateral approach to the lumbar spine in case of isthmic spondylolisthesis is a reliable and safe option to the most common open procedures. In the authors ’ opinion, XLIF procedures allow a good correction of the listhesis associated with good clinical and radiographic results.Graphical abstractThese slides can be retrieved under Electronic supplementary material.
Source: European Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
Conclusions: The targeted translaminar approach preserves structures important for segmental spinal stability thus causing minimal anatomical disruption. This approach allows access to the extruded disc fragment and intervertebral disc space comparable to classical approaches.
Source: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionCustom cementless stems may be an interesting solution to address the particular anatomical features of hip fusion at the time of THA, with an excellent survival rate at 15  years.
Source: International Orthopaedics - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Postoperative pain intensity, the primary outcome measure, was not significantly different at 1 year after surgery between the 2 groups. However, vitamin C may be associated with improving functional status after PLIF surgery, especially during the first 3 postoperative months. PMID: 28861199 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Clin Orthop Surg Source Type: research
Conclusions: Si-CaP is an effective bone graft substitute. At the latest follow-up, favorable radiographic and clinical outcome was observed in the majority of patients. Level of Evidence: Level—III.
Source: Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques - Category: Surgery Tags: Primary Research Source Type: research
AbstractThere is growing recognition of the kyphotic clivo-axial angle (CXA) as an  index of risk of brainstem deformity and craniocervical instability. This review of literature and prospective pilot study is the first to address the potential correlation between correction of the pathological CXA and postoperative clinical outcome. The CXA is a useful sentinel to alert the r adiologist and surgeon to the possibility of brainstem deformity or instability. Ten adult subjects with ventral brainstem compression, radiographically manifest as a kyphotic CXA, underwent correction of deformity (norm...
Source: Neurosurgical Review - Category: Neurosurgery Source Type: research
Study Design: A prospective single-surgeon nonrandomized clinical study. Objective: To evaluate the radiographic and clinical outcomes, by fixation type, in extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) patients and provide an algorithm for determining patients suitable for stand-alone XLIF. Summary of Background Data: XLIF may be supplemented with pedicle screw fixation, however, since stabilizing structures remain intact, it is suggested that stand-alone XLIF can be used for certain indications. This eliminates the associated morbidity, though subsidence rates may be elevated, potentially minimizing the clinical benefits. M...
Source: Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques - Category: Surgery Tags: Primary Research Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS The results of this study show that the multiaxial expandable pedicle screw is a safe and practical technique for patients with osteoporosis and various spinal diseases and adds a valuable tool to the armamentarium of spinal instrumentation. PMID: 27314551 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Neurosurgery.Spine - Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Tags: J Neurosurg Spine Source Type: research
Conclusions Patients most often presented because of pain, specifically back, leg, or a combination of both. Patients seldom complained of deformity only, even among patients exhibiting a Cobb angle of greater than 30 degrees.
Source: Spine Deformity - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
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