Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques to Treat Spine Infections.
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.
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Parker, L. M., McAfee, P. C., Fedder, I. L., Weis, J. C., & Geis, W. P. (1996). Minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat spine infections. The Orthopedic Clinics Of North America, 27(1), 183-199.
Medicine and Health Sciences | Orthopedics | Other Medical Specialties | Surgery
Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty