Title

Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques to Treat Spine Infections.

Publication/Presentation Date

1-1-1996

Abstract

Minimally invasive techniques including closed laparoscopy and thoracoscopy as well as video-assisted procedures using limited open incisions provide an excellent alternative for treating vertebral osteomyelitis and tuberculous infections in the thoracic and lumbar spine. The traditional principles of surgical debridement and a stable interbody fusion are unchanged when applying endoscopic techniques. In the future, the spinal endoscopist will have available a larger selection of endoscopic instruments, more sophisticated video technology, and the development of anterior instrumentation systems to allow for rigid internal fixation. These advances, along with the surgeon's endoscopic experience and refined techniques, will further establish minimally invasive surgical techniques in the field of spinal surgery.

Volume

27

Issue

1

First Page

183

Last Page

199

ISSN

0030-5898

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Orthopedics | Other Medical Specialties | Surgery

PubMedID

8539048

Department(s)

Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty

Document Type

Article