Asian Spine J.  2016 Feb;10(1):184-195. 10.4184/asj.2016.10.1.184.

Osteotomies in the Cervical Spine

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO, USA.
  • 2Spine Service, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY USA. hanjokimmd@gmail.com

Abstract

Rigid cervical deformities are difficult problems to treat. The goals of surgical treatment include deformity correction, achieving a rigid fusion, and performing a thorough neural decompression. In stiff and ankylosed cervical spines, osteotomies are required to restore sagittal and coronal balance. In this chapter, we describe the clinical and radiographic workup for patients with cervical deformities, and delineate the various factors that must be considered when planning surgical treatment. We also describe in detail the various types of cervical osteotomies, along with their surgical technique, advantages, and potential complications.

Keyword

Cervical spine; Deformity; Kyphosis; Myelopathy; Osteotomy

MeSH Terms

Congenital Abnormalities
Decompression
Humans
Kyphosis
Osteotomy*
Spinal Cord Diseases
Spine*
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