Results of Long Term Follow-up of Lower Cervical Spine Fusions in 60 Cases

  • M. Arand
  • O. Woersdoerfer
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The sometimes passionate controversy of the past years between the advocates of conservative and those of operative therapy of cervical spine injuries has been settled largely in favor of operative treatment. The central issue of this discussion has been the treatment of various forms of instability that can to a high degree be corrected by the development of suitable methods of internal fixation. Another advantage of operative therapy is that operative treatment involving reduction and restoration of the normal form of the spine indirectly causes decompression of neural structures, which makes for favorable conditions for the recovery of neurological secondary injuries.


Cervical Spine Cervical Spine Injury Posterior Fusion Hook Plate Anterior Longitudinal Ligament 
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© Springer-Verlag 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Arand
    • 1
  • O. Woersdoerfer
    • 1
  1. 1.UlmFederal Republic of Germany

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