Overview of Surgical Techniques and Implants

  • Tobias Pitzen


Short overview on different techniques and implants for anterior decompression, fixation, and realignment within the cervical spine. Degenerative disc diseases, ossifications of the posterior longitudinal ligament, vertebral body tumours, spondylodiscitis, and vertebral body compression fractures are among the most frequent cervical spine pathologies a spine surgeon has to deal with. All these are located within the anterior aspect of the cervical spine – which are the vertebral bodies and the discs. Thus, anterior cervical spine techniques (including anterior decompression, fixation, and realignment) are among the most popular and necessary ones within the armamentarium of a spine surgeon. Within this chapter, we will give a short overview on different techniques for anterior decompression, fixation, and realignment within the cervical spine. Moreover, different anterior implants for dynamic and permanent osseous fixation, distributed by different companies, are presented.


Cervical Spine Vertebral Body Degenerative Disc Disease Posterior Longitudinal Ligament Disc Prosthesis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Spine SurgerySRH Klinikum Karlsbad-LangensteinbachKarlsbadGermany

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