Anterior transvertebral interbody cage with posterior transdiscal pedicle screw instrumentation for high-grade spondylolisthesis. Technical note

Will Forest Beringer, Jean-Pierre Mobasser, Dean Karahalios, Eric Alfred Potts
2006 Neurosurgical Focus  
Adult high-grade degenerative spondylolisthesis represents the extreme end of the spectrum for spondylolisthesis and is consequently rarely encountered. Surgical management of high-grade spondylolisthesis requires constructs capable of resisting the shear forces at the slipped L5-S1 interspace. The severity of the slip, sacral inclination, and slip angle may make conventional approaches to 360 degrees fusion difficult or hazardous. Transdiscal pedicle screw fixation, transvertebral fibular
more » ... tebral fibular graft fusion, and transvertebral cage fixation are techniques that have been developed to establish anterior column load sharing and to resist shear forces at the L5-S1 interspace, given the anatomical constraints accompanying high-grade spondylolisthesis. In this technical note the authors describe the procedure for implanting an in situ anterior L5-S1 transvertebral cage and performing L4-5 anterior lumbar interbody fusion, followed by placement of posterior S1-L5 vertebral body transdiscal pedicle screws for management of high-grade spondylolisthesis.
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