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Archive: Jun 2017

    Cervical spinal salvage with mobile artificial discs, after fusion elsewhere and recent trauma

    This patient who had an anterior cervical spinal fusion (ACDF) at C4/5 done interstate a few years ago and did well from that operation, was referred to me following recent cervical trauma (MVA) that led to significant adjacent level disc herniations (yellow arrows in figure below). The massive acute disc disruption at C6/7 was compressing […]

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    A minimally invasive anterior approach (ALIF) used to replace failed posterior approach

    This patient was recently referred for ongoing symptoms of low back and leg pain following a procedure done by someone interstate.  The construct (posteriorly placed instrumentation comprised of screws, hooks and rods) had failed to stabilise the spine or resolve the symptoms. This is an x-ray of that posterior construct: I first removed the construct […]

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