Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–There are approximately
700,000 clinically diagnosed vertebral fractures each year. To successfully
treat fractures of the vertebral column, absolute control above and below the
fracture site is necessary. A new paper is available that presents the case for fracture
reduction and stabilization of a L1 burst fracture using a combined anterior
and posterior approach. The paper discusses the successful outcome of using the
Aesculap Hydrolift™ Vertebral Body Replacement (VBR) System
in tandem with the S4® Fracture Reduction Instrumentation (FRI) System to
correct the fracture or deformity.
Frank J. Coufal, MD, FACS, founder of La Jolla Neurosurgical
Associates, presents a case in which, a trauma patient suffered an
acute burst fracture of the thoracolumbar spine and required acute operative
stabilization to avoid a progressive deformity and neurological deterioration.
The treatment plan dictated a combined anterior and posterior operative
procedure to correct the deformity associated with the burst fracture and then
stabilize the fractured vertebrae on the anterior aspect of the spinal column.
The combined anterior and posterior operations required two instrumentation
procedures: Posterior stabilization using the S4 FRI System and the expandable Hydrolift VBR to stabilize the anterior column.
The patient had complete neurologic function in his lower
extremities following the surgery and went on to achieve a successful fusion
with the spine restored to normal anatomic alignment. Sustained improvement of
the presenting back pain was also reported. Dr. Coufal said, “The Hydrolift had a continuous expansion that was well
controlled using hydrostatic pressure, and it did not limit us to incremental
expansion-there by allowing us to achieve a tension to our distraction that was
more physiologically appropriate. The FRI is very powerful instrumentation! It allowed us to
precisely manipulate the spine and it optimized correction of deformity particularly
in the trauma setting.”
The complete case study is available at www.aesculapimplantsystems.com/hydrolift.
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