Study: Rotating Rod Effective for Spine Surgery TechniqueWritten by Laura Miller | November 12, 2010
The rotating rod strategy is effective in reducing and fusing C1-C3 for atlantoaxial dislocation with odontoid aplasia, according to an article published in Spine.
The researchers examined a surgical technique to spare the axial occipital joints by rotating rods in polyaxial C1, C3 lateral mass and C2 pars screws, functioning as a lever analogue. Of the three procedures examined, dislocations were reduced completely without any deterioration of neurologic signs.
Cervical myelopathic symptoms recovered soon after the operation and patients returned to their normal work and activities. The technique spared the occipital-C1 motion.
Read the abstract for the study on rod rotation:
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