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Modified prone position using lateral brace attachments for cervico-dorsal spine surgeries.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23314870     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to propose a method of prone positioning for posterior cervico-dorsal spine surgeries that is easy to achieve without additional equipment and may reduce complications associated with prone positioning in patients.
METHODS: 41 patients underwent posterior spine surgeries using our method of prone positioning on a fluoroscopy compatible conventional operation table, and the technical difficulties and complications associated were noted. After induction under general anaesthesia in supine position, cervical tongs were applied. An assembly of two adequately padded cylindrical bolsters and two lateral brace attachments was set on a conventional operating table. The patient was then positioned prone so that the tongs as well as insertion pins of the tongs rest on the lateral brace attachments, with the face and head suspended freely in between. A neutralisation weight was then applied suspended from the tongs to stabilize the head.
RESULTS: The time required for patient positioning was noted and was found to be nearly the same as that required for traditional prone positioning. No problems were noted during patient positioning and with anaesthesia tubing management. All surgeries went well without position related complications except for one patient who developed post-operative macroglossia. All cervical tong pin sites healed without any complications. The fluoroscope easily gained access to the operative areas.
CONCLUSIONS: Our modification appears simple, versatile and reproducible for posterior approach procedures of the cervical and upper dorsal spine in prone position. Also, the method can be easily implemented in most conventional operating room facilities with minimal surgeon effort and without the need for any additional inventory.
Abhijeet B Kadam; Abhishek S Jaipuria; Ashok K Rathod
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2013-01-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1432-0932     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur Spine J     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-07-02     Completed Date:  2014-03-03     Revised Date:  2014-07-01    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301980     Medline TA:  Eur Spine J     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1474-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Middle Aged
Orthopedic Procedures / instrumentation*,  methods*
Prone Position
Spine / surgery*
Young Adult

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