Stabilization Techniques: Upper Cervical Spine

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


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.


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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