Boucher Screw Fixation of the Spine: A Translaminar Pedicle Screw Technique

  • C. Edmund Graham


In the 1940s the celebrated Canadian spinal surgeon Boucher [1] conceived the notion of the translaminar pedicle screw to immobilize lumbar spinal segments, thus promoting a higher rate of spinal fusion and permitting earlier unrestrained postoperative patient mobilization (Fig. 1). In this way, rigid immobilization was obtained for the 10 weeks required for graft taking. In 1948, King [2] described a method of internal fixation of the facet joints using short screws placed almost transversely across the lateral articulations.


Spinal Fusion Spinous Process Ligamentum Flavum Posterior Spinal Fusion Spongy Bone 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Edmund Graham
    • 1
  1. 1.Prince of Wales Hospital, RandwickSydneyAustralia

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