Vascular pedicle rib graft in anterior transthoracic fusion procedures. Technical note

H. Gordon Deen, Richard S. Zimmerman, Louis A. Lanza

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Abstract

A method is described in which anterior fusion of the thoracic vertebral column is performed using a rib strut graft maintained on its vascular pedicle. This straightforward technique is useful in selected patients undergoing anterior thoracic fusion procedures and can be used in conjunction with other anterior spinal implants. By maintaining bone graft blood supply, this technique promotes an optimum fusion environment, which may enhance the speed of graft incorporation and the ultimate strength of the construct.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-158
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Volume90
Issue number1 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

Keywords

  • Fusion
  • Rib graft
  • Thoracic spine
  • Vascular pedicle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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