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Minimally Invasive Facet Screw Fixation

  • Anthony E. Bozzio
  • Xiaobang Hu
  • Isador H. LiebermanEmail author
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Abstract

Facet screw fixation is a relatively simple and effective technique for short-segment fusion in the spine. By placing screws directly across the articulating facet joint to immobilize a motion segment, one reduces the surgical exposure and hardware use compared to contemporary pedicle screw fixation. Other advantages include a shorter operating time, low cost, low complication rate, and potentially quicker postoperative recovery compared to pedicle screw fixation. Biomechanical and clinical studies have proven that overall facet screw fixation is a safe and stable method of posterior stabilization with high fusion rate if it is used properly for the right indication. In this chapter, we discuss the indications, contraindications, surgical technique, and clinical results of this technique.

Keywords

Facet screw Minimally invasive Spine Fixation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony E. Bozzio
    • 1
  • Xiaobang Hu
    • 2
  • Isador H. Lieberman
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Texas Back InstitutePlanoUSA
  2. 2.Texas Back Institute, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, Scoliosis and Spine Tumor CenterPlanoUSA

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