alexa Facet Wedge Fixation in Lumbar Spine Degene
ISSN: 2161-0533

Orthopedic & Muscular System: Current Research
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Facet Wedge Fixation in Lumbar Spine Degenerative Pathology: A New Option for Minimally-Invasive Posterior Approach?

Alessandro Landi*, Benedetta Fazzolari, Nicola Marotta and Roberto Delfini

Department of Neurology and Phsychiatry, division of Neurosurgery, University of Rome Sapienza, Rome, Italy

*Corresponding Author:
Alessandro Landi MD, PhD
University of Rome Sapienza
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Received Date: March 16, 2015; Accepted Date: March 18, 2015; Published Date: March 25, 2015

Citation: Landi A, Fazzolari B, Marotta N, Delfini R (2015) Facet Wedge® Fixation in Lumbar Spine Degenerative Pathology: A New Option for Minimally-Invasive Posterior Approach? Orthop Muscul Syst 4:e115. doi:10.4172/2161-0533.1000e115

Copyright: © 2015 Landi A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



In recent years spinal surgery has undergone a drastic change of course, mainly due to the increasing use of minimally invasive and percutaneous techniques for the treatment of lumbar spine degenerative pathology. This has led to the development of techniques more effective (for the pathology) and less invasive (for the patient). Recently the technological progress focused on a very specific vertebral fusion technique: the facet joint fixation. This technique has already been described in past as available with the assistance of autologous bone chips into the facet joint; nowadays it has been brought up to date by the development and use of an implantable device that promotes the bone fusion of the joint complex: the Facet-Wedge®. The employment of this device seems to offer a minimally invasive choice to the standard posterior screws fixation techniques for the treatment of selected cases of lumbar degenerative pathologies. Obviously their application has to be evaluated on the basis of a careful preoperative radiological planning. Up to date there aren’t in literature clinical trials about the effective of this device and this technique. The biomechanical meaning of this device, the possibility of implanting in percutaneous technique and in combined instrumentation with anterior cages or different posterior techniques, could reveal that this technique might be an effective and feasible alternative, which needs to be addressed in further studies.


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