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Spinal Implants

  • Sashin Ahuja
  • Kiran Lingutla
  • Abdul Gaffar Dudhniwala
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Abstract

Spinal surgery, like other disciplines of orthopaedics, has experienced an immense expansion in range of implants. The era of instrumentation in spinal surgery began in 1970s with the development of Harrington rods by Paul Harrington. It provided distraction rods as well as compression hooks. Currently, the common indications for spinal instrumentation are to stabilise unstable segments, correct spinal deformities, achieve bony union/fusion, promote soft tissue healing, reduce need for external immobilisation and allow early mobilisation.

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© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sashin Ahuja
    • 1
  • Kiran Lingutla
    • 1
  • Abdul Gaffar Dudhniwala
    • 1
  1. 1.University Hospital of WalesCardiffUK

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