Minimally invasive facet screw fixation

Isador H. Lieberman, Xiaobang Hu

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Facet screw fixation is a relatively simple and effective technique for short-segment fusion in the spine. By placing screws directly across the articulating facet joint to immobilize a motion segment, one reduces the surgical exposure and hardware use compared to contemporary pedicle screw fixation. Other advantages include a shorter operating time, less cost, low complication rate, and potentially quicker postoperative recovery compared to pedicle screw fixation. Biomechanical and clinical studies have proven that overall facet screw fixation is a safe and stable method of posterior stabilization with high fusion rate if it is used properly for the right indication. In this chapter, we discuss the indications, contraindications, surgical technique, and clinical results of this technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMinimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationSurgical Techniques and Disease Management
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781461456742
ISBN (Print)9781461456735
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine

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