Pedicle Screw Implants for Burst Fractures

- Discussion: 
- allow control of Anterior column via a posterior approach; 
- provide 4 point fixation; 
- reduce the number of levels that must be incorporated in the construct; 
- this is a particular adavantage in the lower lumbar spine; 
- screws provide lever arms, which facilitate reduction maneuvers and allow lordosis to be maintained; 
- allows saggital plane correction; 
- because limitations are imposed by pedicle diameter, these systems are best used for L2 to L5 levels

Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 4:00 pm