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Percutaneous Screw Fixation


Spinal percutaneous screw fixation is often called as percutaneous pedicle screw fixation. It is a minimally invasive procedure that is mostly performed as a part of spinal fusion surgery to provide strength and support to the spinal column.

The procedure involves attachment of stabilizing rods in individual vertebrae of the spine. It is performed in association with advanced imaging technology. Imaging helps in identification of the pedicle that will best support the stabilizing rods. Stabilizing rods are fixed using small screws.

This procedure is performed through small incisions and surgeon is guided by wires and endoscopic camera to insert the rods.

Indications for percutaneous pedicle screw insertion

  • Degenerative spine disorders
  • Traumatic spinal injuries
  • Spinal neoplasia
  • Spinal infection
  • Can be performed in obese patients
  • Ever challenging revision surgery
  • MIS grafting

Advantages of Percutaneous screw fixation  

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Minimum blood loss
  • Less damage to surrounding tissue and muscles
  • Reduced healing time
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Short period of postoperative immobilization
  • Reduced length of hospital stay
  • Earlier return to work
  • Can repair damage, such as spinal fractures

Authored by Dr. Shyam Sundar K

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Dr. Shyam Sundar K is an eminent name in the field of neurology. He is one of the best neurosurgeon in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

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