Minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion techniques

Carolina Gesteira Benjamin, Anthony Frempong-Boadu

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Minimally invasive techniques were initially limited to decompressive procedures. Over time, these techniques have been adapted and can now be used for instrumentation and arthrodesis. Minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion can be used in the acute setting for traumatic conditions as well as for chronic degenerative cervical spondylotic myelopathy of the atlantoaxial and subaxial spine. In the properly selected patient, these techniques reduce approach-related complications, blood loss, and postoperative pain while preserving the efficacy of open posterior cervical fusions. Therefore, minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion should be a skill that all complex spine surgeons should be able to perform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEssentials of Spinal Stabilization
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783319597133
ISBN (Print)9783319597126
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Atlantoaxial fusion
  • Minimally invasive fusion
  • Posterior cervical fusion
  • Subaxial fusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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