Background: Percutaneous techniques have increasingly gained popularity in recent years. The application of technological innovation, including neuromonitoring techniques, has the potential to increase the safety and efficacy of these procedures. Methods: Thirty patients suffering from osteoporotic dorsolumbar burst fracture were prospectively enrolled in this study. The patients underwent percutaneous fenestrated pedicle screw fixation augmented with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) injection. A novel surgeon-dedicated neuromonitoring device was used in order to increase the safety and the accuracy of the screw insertion. A second group of 30 patients who did not undergo neuromonitoring during percutaneous pedicle screw placement, matched for demographic characteristics, constituted the control group. Findings: A total of 296 screws were inserted. All treated patients had a good outcome, documented by an improvement in visual analogue scale (VAS) scores. Excellent trajectories were achieved in all patients. Cobb’s angle and anterior vertebral height were satisfactorily restored in all study group patients. Three misplaced screws in three patients and a case of PMMA leakage without neurological deficits were observed in the control group, whereas no complication was recorded in the study group (p = 0.03). Conclusions: Neuromonitoring in cement-augmented percutaneous pedicle screw placement appears to improve surgeon confidence during surgery, reducing the risk of screw misplacement or cement leakage.
|Title of host publication||Trends in Reconstructive Neurosurgery: Neurorehabilitation, Restoration and Reconstruction|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Name||ACTA NEUROCHIRURGICA. SUPPLEMENTUM|
- Clinical Neurology