Posterior Midline Approach C0–C2: How to Expose Meticulously with Less Bleeding



Craniovertebral junction is a delicate region; any damage to vertebral artery (VA) or medullo-spinal cord junction may result in a life-threatening situation. We should have a meticulous dissection method with proper understanding of anatomy to obtain a wide and dry surgical field. The author would like to emphasize three significant points:
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    Too much use of an electrical scalpel is one of the risk factors to meet unpleasant bleeding from VA or dilated epidural venous plexus. Subperiosteal dissection is the key.

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    Understanding of anatomical characteristics around epidural venous plexus will help you to know how to manage epidural venous plexus between C1 and C2.

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    Direct suction to the bleeding from venous plexus may tear the plexus wall more. Suction via saline soaked cotton pad is quite useful to arrest bleeding.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryGunma Spine Center (Harunaso Hospital)TakasakiJapan

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