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Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 121, Issue 3–4, pp 191–195 | Cite as

Anterior cervical discectomy and vertebral interbody fusion with hydroxy-apatite ceramic. Preliminary results

  • D. K. Böker
  • R. Schultheiß
  • D. van Roost
  • J. F. Osborn
  • B. Kaden
Technical Notes

Summary

Intervertebral plates of hydroxy apatite ceramic (HAC) have been used in three patients for cervical vertebral interbody fusion after anterior discectomy. In one case a pure HAC “Disc” was used, which proved to be too friable. Specially designed intervertebral plates, which were composed of an HAC-coated core of alumina ceramic, were used in the other two cases. Clinically and radiologically optimal results after 1-year- and 2-year-follow-up suggest that HAC-ceramic might be a very promising material for vertebral interbody fusion. Possible complications and pain due to bone removal from the iliac crest are avoided, and the operative procedure is simplified.

Keywords

Cervical discectomy vertebral interbody fusion hydroxy apatite ceramic 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. K. Böker
    • 1
  • R. Schultheiß
    • 1
  • D. van Roost
    • 1
  • J. F. Osborn
    • 2
  • B. Kaden
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of BonnBonnFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Department of Oro-Maxillo-Facial SurgeryUniversity of BonnBonnFederal Republic of Germany

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