C4 anterior cervical corpectomy with fusion for cervical spondylotic myelopathy
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Learn the anterior Smith–Robinson approach of the cervical spine.
Learn the technique of cervical corpectomy and anterior spinal cord decompression.
Understand the importance of posterior longitudinal ligament resection to achieve a good decompression.
Learn anterior cervical spine reconstruction and instrumentation with cage and plate.
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is a common cause of spinal cord compression especially in the elderly. When neurological symptoms appear without sustained remission an operative management can be proposed to treat CSM. Goals of surgical treatment are spinal cord decompression, deformity prevention, and pain alleviation . Many surgical techniques have been described which can employ an anterior, posterior, or circumferential approach. Designing the most effective surgical plan is dependent on numerous factors, including the location of the compressive pathology, stability of the spinal column, extent of the...
KeywordsCervical spondylotic myelopathy Cervical spine anterior approach Anterior cervical spine corpectomy Anterior spine fusion
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