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Self-contained tubular drill guard for anterior cervical fusion.

Authors
  • Solomon, A
  • Herz, D A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Neurosurgery
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1977
Volume
1
Issue
2
Pages
136–138
Identifiers
PMID: 615963
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A self-contained tubular drill guard was adapted for use in performing anterior cervical discectomies and interbody fusions. The use of this instrument eliminates steps, provides absolute safety against drilling too deeply, allows for adjustment in individual cases, provides for easy inspection of the trephine hole, permits electing the cephalocaudal angle of the drill, and gives a measurement of the ultimate depth of the trephine hole. In 171 consecutive operations only one neurological complication occurred, and total morbidity related to cervical surgery was 6% (7% morbidity was associated with surgery at the donor site). The data suggest that the technical modification herein advocated reduces the surgical complication rate.

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