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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8--18

Anterior surgical approaches to the sub-axial cervical spine.


Department of Neurosurgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, 160012, India., India

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V K Khosla
Department of Neurosurgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, 160012, India.
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Anterior cervical spine surgery has come of age, as a golden route for treating anteriorly placed cervical compressions ranging from simple prolapsed disc to long segment pathologies like ossification of posterior longitudinal ligaments and cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Numerous technical modifications of the procedure are described. The role of stabilisation established for several pathologies, is still debateable in surgery for cervical disc. Bone is the ideal tissue for fusion. Hydroxyapetite implants are goods, but costly for our set up. Methylmethacrylate has a limited role in elderly patients with malignancy and a short life expectancy. Anterior cervical instrumentation has mushroomed over the last decade. Acceptable as methods of immediate stabilisation, the choice of the system varies with the surgeon. The authors use simple titanium plates with locking screws for the purpose.






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