Rod Contouring, Passage, and Connection

Bernhard Meyer, Michelle Falcone, Michael Y. Wang, Yi Lu, Steven Wu

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Despite being a somewhat trite topic at first glance, most surgeons familiar with minimally invasive posterior spinal fixation know that contouring, passing, and connecting rods can be a challenging and cumbersome step in these procedures. This was particularly the case with the first generation of MIS instrumentation. Short-segment percutaneous posterior fixation (i.e., monosegmental or bisegmental) for various indications – primarily fractures – could be accomplished without special instruments or modifications of implants [1]. However, the advent of advance MIS techniques required the development of specially designed instruments to accomplish multi-level screw-rod fixation [2].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMinimally Invasive Spinal Deformity Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationAn Evolution of Modern Techniques
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Wien
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783709114070
ISBN (Print)9783709114063
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


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