Rod Contouring, Passage, and Connection

Bernhard Meyer, Michelle Falcone, Michael Y. Wang, Yi Lu, Steven Wu

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2 Scopus citations


Despite being a somewhat trite topic at first glance, most surgeons familiar with minimally invasive posterior spinal fixation know that contouring, passing, and connecting rods can be a challenging and cumbersome step in these procedures. This was particularly the case with the first generation of MIS instrumentation. Short-segment percutaneous posterior fixation (i.e., monosegmental or bisegmental) for various indications – primarily fractures – could be accomplished without special instruments or modifications of implants [1]. However, the advent of advance MIS techniques required the development of specially designed instruments to accomplish multi-level screw-rod fixation [2].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMinimally Invasive Spinal Deformity Surgery: An Evolution of Modern Techniques
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Wien
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9783709114070, 9783709114063
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Meyer, B., Falcone, M., Wang, M. Y., Lu, Y., & Wu, S. (2014). Rod Contouring, Passage, and Connection. In Minimally Invasive Spinal Deformity Surgery: An Evolution of Modern Techniques (pp. 109-112). Springer-Verlag Wien.