History & Principles of Rebuilding the Broken Spine
Instrumented Repair of Cervical Spine Fracture
These X-rays show a major spinal repair involving four types of spinal reconstruction technology. Several of the vertebral disks have been replaced with bone graft material. A plate and screws have been used to lock the vertebral bodies of C5, C6 and C7 tightly against the graft. From a posterior approach, lateral mass screws at C4, C5 and C6 prevent rotation and lateral bending. A thin titanium cable and cable clamp has also been used to lash a strut of bone onto the spinous processes of C4 to C7 to resist flexion forward.