During the past decade, minimally invasive spinal surgical techniques have become widely accepted to treat degenerative conditions, tumors, infections, and deformities. Minimally invasive techniques are now also being used to treat thoracolumbar spine trauma. The advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery include decreased blood loss and decreased infection rates, with similar efficacy to that of more invasive techniques. Minimally invasive surgical stabilization of thoracolumbar trauma has also been shown to be a viable treatment option in a “damage control orthopedics” setting, in which traditional open approaches might not be possible.
KeywordsMinimally invasive spine surgery Thoracolumbar Trauma Damage control orthopedics Fracture
The authors thank Senior Editor and Writer Dori Kelly, MA, for invaluable assistance with the manuscript.
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