Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 106, Issue 1–2, pp 86–87 | Cite as

Brachycephalic, serrated curettes for anterior cervical spinal microsurgery

  • T. Hasegawa
  • M. Kitabayashi
  • T. Komai
  • K. Yamano
Technical Note


Modified spinal fusion curettes with two unusual features on the tip are described for anterior cervical procedures. The features are:
  1. 1)

    an elliptical, long sidewise (“brachycephalic”) scoop at the tip and

  2. 2)

    a serration equipped on the distal scoop edge. These designs allow reliable manipulation and significant removal of the intervertebral space contents in the deep operative field under the microscope.



Cervical spine microsurgery brachycephalic, serrated curette instrumentation 


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© Springer-Verlag 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Hasegawa
    • 1
  • M. Kitabayashi
    • 2
  • T. Komai
    • 2
  • K. Yamano
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryToyama Municipal HospitalToyamaJapan
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgeryKohseiren Takaoka HospitalToyamaJapan

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