Spinal osteotomies to treat post-traumatic thoracolumbar deformity

  • R. Cecchinato
  • P. Berjano
  • M. Damilano
  • C. LamartinaEmail author
Original Article


Fractures of the thoracolumbar junction can lead to regional kyphosis, this being a significant cause of pain and disability for the patients. After a traumatic fracture of the thoracolumbar spine, early or late regional kyphosis can be observed. This post-traumatic deformity can, however, be corrected with appropriate surgical methods. Posterior tricolumnar osteotomies are some of the most powerful methods of correction and are particularly indicated when sagittal and coronal deformities have to be simultaneously corrected or when anterior surgery is not possible. Anterior corpectomy and lengthening with posterior instrumentation are, however, an alternative technique to restore the anterior column support and to correct the regional kyphotic deformity and an option for appropriate sagittal balance restoration and control of symptoms. Proper surgical technique, evaluation of the bone quality and identification of eventual extension of the deformity to the thoracic spine are key aspects in prevention of failures.


Post-traumatic kyphosis Vertebral osteotomies Thoracolumbar junction Thoracolumbar kyphosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Cecchinato
    • 1
  • P. Berjano
    • 2
  • M. Damilano
    • 2
  • C. Lamartina
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.2nd Division of Spine SurgeryIRCCS Istituto Ortopedico GaleazziMilanItaly
  2. 2.4th Division of Spine SurgeryIRCCS Istituto Ortopedico GaleazziMilanItaly

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