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Posterior spinal osteosynthesis for cervical fracture/dislocation using a flexible multistrand cable system: technical note.

Authors
  • Huhn, S L
  • Wolf, A L
  • Ecklund, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Neurosurgery
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1991
Volume
29
Issue
6
Pages
943–946
Identifiers
PMID: 1758614
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Cervical instability secondary to fracture/dislocation or traumatic subluxation involving the posterior elements may be treated by a variety of fusion techniques. The rigidity of the stainless steel wires used in posterior cervical fusions often leads to difficulty with insertion, adequate tension, and conformation of the graft construct. This report describes a technique of posterior cervical fusion employing a wire system using flexible stainless steel cables. The wire consists of a flexible, 49-strand, stainless steel cable connected on one end to a short, malleable, blunt leader with the opposite end connected to a small islet. The cable may be used in occipitocervical, atlantoaxial, facet-to-spinous process, and interspinous fusion techniques. The cable loop is secured by using a tension/crimper device that sets the desired tension in the cable. In addition to superior biomechanical strength, the flexibility of the cable allows greater ease of insertion and tension adjustment. In terms of direct operative instrumentation in posterior cervical arthrodesis, involving both the upper and lower cervical spine, the cable system appears to be a safe and efficient alternative to monofilament wires.

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