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Minimally Invasive Surgery
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 141032, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/141032
Clinical Study

Minimal Invasive Percutaneous Fixation of Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Fractures

Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology-Spine Surgery, Ospedale Maggiore “C.A. Pizzardi”, Largo Nigrisoli 2, 40100 Bologna, Italy

Received 2 March 2012; Accepted 1 June 2012

Academic Editor: Zachary A. Smith

Copyright © 2012 Federico De Iure et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We studied 122 patients with 163 fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine undergoing the surgical treatment by percutaneous transpedicular fixation and stabilization with minimally invasive technique. Patient followup ranged from 6 to 72 months (mean 38 months), and the patients were assessed by clinical and radiographic evaluation. The results show that percutaneous transpedicular fixation and stabilization with minimally invasive technique is an adequate and satisfactory procedure to be used in specific type of the thoracolumbar and lumbar spine fractures.