Comparison of Ponte Osteotomies and 3-Column Osteotomies in the Treatment of Congenital Spinal Deformity

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Abstract

Background:

Congenital spinal deformity (CSD) has traditionally been treated with 3-column osteotomies [hemivertebrectomy (HV) or vertebral column resection (VCR)] to address rigid deformities. Alternatively, multiple Ponte osteotomies (PO) may provide correction while minimizing risk. The purpose of this study was to compare safety and outcomes of patients undergoing surgical treatment for CSD with these 3 procedures.

Methods:

Retrospective review of CSD patients treated with posterior spinal fusion between 1996 to 2013. Patients treated with multiple Ponte osteotomies (PO group) were compared with those managed with 3-column osteotomies (HV/VCR group). Patients with previous instrumentation, isolated cervical deformity, growing spine instrumentation, or <2 year follow-up were excluded. Deformity angular ratio (DAR) was calculated as curve magnitude divided by number of levels of the deformity.

Results:

There were 49 patients [17 PO, 32 HV/VCR (26 HV, 6 VCR)]. For the PO group, mean age was 14 years, and they had an average of 4 ponte osteotomies and 11 levels fused. Mean total DAR was 25 and mean number of congenital anomalies was 1.8 in the PO group. The HV/VCR group had a mean age of 7 years and 5 levels fused. Mean total DAR was 28 and mean number of congenital anomalies was 2.1 in the HV/VCR group. Patients had a mean of 54.1% correction of coronal deformity in the PO group and 54.4% in the HV/VCR group (P=0.78). Signal changes were observed less frequently with PO (1/17) and HV (1/26) than with VCR (4/6), P=0.001. Revision rates were 17.6% (3/17) in the PO group and 37.5% (12/32) in the HV/VCR group (P=0.35).

Conclusions:

Patients with CSD and a mean total DAR of 25 treated with multiple PO and long fusions had correction comparable with the HV/VCR group. Patients treated with VCR had the highest incidence of signal changes and postoperative neurologic deficits.

Level of Evidence:

Level III.

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