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Cervical, spinal stenosis, tumor, technic

Akihito Minamide, Munehito Yoshida, Hiroshi Yamada, Yukihiro Nakagawa, Kazuhiro Maio, Masaki Kawai, Hiroshi Iwasaki
Retrospective study on the results of microendoscopic decompression surgery for the treatment of cervical myelopathy. The purpose of this study was to describe the microendoscopic laminoplasty (MEL) technique as the surgical method in the treatment of cervical myelopathy, and to document the clinical outcomes for MEL surgery. Endoscopic surgery poses several challenges for the aspiring endoscopic surgeons, the most critical of which is mastering hand-eye coordination. With training in live animal and cadaver surgery, the technical progress has reduced the problem of morbidity following surgery...
March 2010: European Spine Journal
Joseph C Maroon, Matt El-Kadi, Jeffrey Bost
BACKGROUND: We report our experience with the Aesculap Pneumatic Powered Kerrison Rongeur (Aesculap AG Company) Tuttlingen, Germany. METHODS: Between February 2007 and January 2008, 125 patients underwent spinal surgery for the treatment of spinal stenosis, spinal tumors, degenerative disk disease, and herniated disks in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar areas using the pneumatic-powered Kerrison rongeur for bone and tissue removal. RESULTS: All bone removal for procedures ranging from cervical and lumbar microdiscectomies to extensive multilevel laminectomies was carried out with no complications from instrument design or malfunction...
April 2009: Surgical Neurology
Young Baeg Kim, Seung Jae Hyun
Tubular retractor system as a minimally invasive surgery (MIS) technique has many advantages over other conventional MIS techniques. It offers direct visualization of the operative field, anatomical familiarity to spine surgeons, and minimizing tissue trauma. With technical advancement, many spinal pathologies are being treated using this system. Namely, herniated discs, lumbar and cervical stenosis, synovial cysts, lumbar instability, trauma, and even some intraspinal tumors have all been treated through tubular retractor system...
October 2007: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
M T Modic, M A Weinstein, W Pavlicek, F Boumphrey, D Starnes, P M Duchesneau
Seventy-two patients were examined to determine the clinical potential for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine. MRI using different pulse sequences was compared with plain radiography, high-resolution computed tomography, and myelography. There were 35 normal patients; pathologic conditions studied included canal stenosis, herniated disk, metastatic tumor, neurofibroma, trauma, Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, arteriovenous malformation, and rheumatoid arthritis. MRI provided sharply defined anatomic delineation and tissue characterization...
December 1983: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
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