Simultaneous Anterior and Posterior Surgical Approach to the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

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A technique for the simultaneous anterior and posterior surgical approach to the thoracic and lumbar spine is presented. No intraoperative repositioning of the patient is required. The procedure requires a surgical team of two spinal surgeons and two assistant surgeons, as well as an anesthesiologist familiar with hypotensive techniques. The procedure as utilized in 14 cases has proven to be safe and expeditious. The simultaneous anteroposterior approach has proven to be especially useful in cases with combined anterior and posterior instability. The technique described provides the experienced spinal surgeon with the best solution to certain complex spinal problems.

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