Markus Schultheiss, Lothar Kinzl, Lutz Claes, Hans-Joachim Wilke, Erich Hartwig

July 2003, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 618 - 624 Original Article Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-003-0564-5

First Online: 31 July 2003

A new instrumentation system for ventral stabilization of the spine that can be used for an endoscopic and minimally invasive approach was developed. We describe the implantation technique and report on the first clinical results. This prospective study covers the first 45 patients to undergo this new technique since it was introduced in 1999. In all patients the operation was successfully performed in a completely minimally invasive procedure. Mono- and bisegmental stabilization was performed mainly at the thoracolumbar junction after initial posterior instrumentation in most cases. Lesions varied from fresh/old fractures to metastases (T5–L3). Pre- and postoperative follow-up included clinical examination and radiological visualization via X-ray and computed tomographic scan. Our experience with this minimally invasive procedure demonstrated the feasibility of the method.

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