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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 232-236

Management of unstable spinal fractures with segmental spinal instrumentation (VSP System) : Results at 5 year follow up

Department of Orthopaedics. Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India

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Dipankar Sen
Department of Orthopaedics. Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5413.36576

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Background: Pedicle screw instrumentation has been widely used for spinal stabilisation following spinal injury with variable results. The controversial points associated with spinal injury are effects of canal compromise and decompression on neurological status. Methods: Thirty four patients of unstable thoraco-lumbar fracture with or without neuro-deficit were treated by decompression and stabilisation with VSP system and followed up for 22 - 39 months (mean 29 months). The results were evaluated by neurological recovery (ASIA score), pain relief, loss of surgical correction and functional rehabilitation (FIM score). Results: We achieved a mean post-operative correction of the kyphotic deformity by 14 degrees and an average gain of 30.2% in the canal diameter by decompression. However no correlation was established between degree of canal compromise before or after the surgery with the final neurological outcome. Conclusion: Although the infrastructure for spinal injury management in developing countries is inadequate in many aspects, we find that it is still possible to achieve results, which are comparable with standard literature by adequate decompression and stabilisation followed by appropriate rehabilitation according to the social and cultural demands of the patients.

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