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Trauma & Tumour Complex Reconstruction

Trauma

Minimal access surgery is a great adjunct in people who need fixation from both the front and back in very severe fractures that render the spine completely unstable. 
For example a fracture dislocation of the vertebrae of the spine itself.

Placement of stabilizing implants in the front of the spine is accomplished through the bed of a rib with a minimum of dissection.

Stabilizing implants can then be placed through small horizontal incisions, percutaneously, rather than a big long incision.

Longer incisions are more painful due to the stripping of muscle tissue which is necessary to complete the exposure.

Percutaneous screw placement leaves the muscles intact and healthy and avoids creating painful stimulus to the nerves.

Minimal access screw placement is also great in older or less fit patients requiring emergency surgery.

Without a big incision they recover much quicker, lose much less blood during the operation (50ml instead of 500ml - 1000ml)
which also helps to avoid blood transfusion and further speeds recovery and reduces risk of infection

Tumour

Tumour reconstruction can also be accomplished with reduced pain levels, infection rates, blood loss and earlier mobilization.

Minimal Access Surgery (MIS) is done in a similar way to that of trauma with long, wide exposures of the spine being avoided.

Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy may also be deployed.

Another way MIS surgery can help is in avoiding a big approach from the front if a vertebra is collapsing and needs support.

Vertebral body augmentation and reconstruction can be accomplished simply and safely with a balloon kyphoplasty to inject special bone cement.

This stabilizes the vertebra and increases the longevity of the reconstruction along with improving the pain that the patient is suffering.