Aaron Filler, MD, PhD

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Repair of a Fractured Vertebra with a Thoracic Plate

Thoracic Spine Operations:
The Surgical Approaches to
Mid - & Upper Back Problems

Chapter 17

Thoracic Vertebrectomy, Graft, and Plate


If a fractured thoracic or high lumbar vertebra is compressing the spinal canal, the body of the vertebra can be removed – a vertebrectomy.  The body is replaced by a bone graft and the whole construct is restored to full strength with a place and rod system. Varifix System – Illustration with permission of AO Synthes.

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