Changan Guo, Zuoqin Yan, Jian Zhang, Chun Jiang, Jian Dong, Xiaoxing Jiang, Qinming Fei, Dehua Meng, Zhengrong Chen

March 2011, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 655 - 660 Chinese section Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-010-1618-0

First Online: 13 November 2010

Total en bloc spondylectomy (TES) for vertebral tumour was previously reported by Tomita through a single posterior approach using a T-saw. A modified total en bloc spondylectomy (MTES) technique is reported in the present study. The disc puncture needle with a sleeve was used to obliquely puncture from the posterior to the anterior direction. A T-saw was inserted through the sleeve and led out to the operator’s side by the leading clamp. The disc was partially cut with the saw from its medial to lateral aspect. After a spinal fixation rod was applied on the operator’s side, the residual discs on the opposite side were cut as described above. Six patients with thoracic vertebral tumours were operated on using the MTES technique. Five patients showed improvement in their neurological deficits postoperatively. There was no evidence of tumour recurrence at the final follow-up. The MTES is technically feasible with improved practicality and safety.

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