How to Confirm and Document Adequate Lumbar Spine Discectomy Intraoperatively?
Corresponding AuthorJoseph Gamal Boktor
ST3 Trauma and Orthopaedics, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, Wales, United Kingdom
A B S T R A C T
Lumbar discectomy is a common procedure for acute disc prolapse, especially in patients with neurological deficit . The literature describes using fluoroscopy intraoperatively to avoid wrong level and side . However, there is no method to confirm/document adequate discectomy apart from a postoperative MRI. The authors' technique involves taking clinical photos of the removed disc material. This technique provides accurate, low-cost documentation, and the patient can review it post-operatively. This could be of significant value in large disc prolapse and cauda equina syndrome surgery.
Article TypeCase Report
Publication historyReceived: Wed 18, Nov 2020
Accepted: Thu 10, Dec 2020
Published: Tue 22, Dec 2020
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