A posterior instrumented fusion involves the placement of screws and rods. This can be done for interbody fusion or for deformity surgery such as scoliosis or kyphosis. With this procedure, innovative technology can be utilized which allows your surgeon to visualize the placement of hardware during the procedure. This provides for increased precision and accuracy of screw placement and less soft tissue cutting.
Currently, both robotic and navigation technologies are being utilized. Robotic assisted surgery allows for your surgeon to be more precise and accurate while placing instrumentation. Navigational technology allows for your surgeon to visualize the instrumentation while it is being placed. As with all fields, new and innovative technology is always being implemented. Technology such as virtual augmentation is upcoming!
Yes, a percutaneous PIF is minimally invasive, muscle sparing procedure as the muscles are separated along natural tissue lines.
Typically, hardware is made of mostly titanium. However, in certain cases like scoliosis surgery, other metals like stainless steel and cobalt chrome may be used.
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