Fixing the Cervical Spine:
Surgical Approaches for the Neck
Cervical Lateral Mass Screws for
Posterior Fusion Surgery
Screws placed in the pedicles of thoracic vertebra and in the lateral part of the cervical vertebra can be used to provide fixation for fusion across the low neck and upper thoracic spine. Placement of cervical lateral mass screws constitutes an “off-label” use although this is standard surgical practice. This means that the Food and Drug Administration has not yet allowed the manufacturer to advertise this type of treatment.