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Stabilization Techniques: Upper Cervical Spine

  • Max Aebi
  • John S. Thalgott
  • John K. Webb
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Abstract

Atlanto-axial fusions may be indicated in certain cases of acute or chronic atlanto-axial instability. There are a number of approaches and surgical techniques to stabilize the C1 – 2 segment. Anterior transoral techniques carry well-known risks, particularly infection. Both the lateral and the combined anterior/posterior techniques require two surgical approaches. For most lesions in the upper cervical spine, we prefer the posterior surgical approach.

Keywords

Cervical Spine Screw Fixation Spinous Process Posterior Arch Stabilization Technique 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Max Aebi
    • 1
    • 2
  • John S. Thalgott
    • 3
  • John K. Webb
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Orthopaedic SurgeryMc Gill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Montreal General HospitalRoyal VictoriaMontrealCanada
  3. 3.International Spinal Development & Research FoundationLas VegasUSA
  4. 4.Queens Medical CentreCentre of Spinal Studies and SurgeryNottinghamUK

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