Spine stabilisation

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Stabilisation of the thoracic and/ or lumbar spine with rear entry, using the open or transcutaneous methods.

What the procedure entails

The objective of the operation is to stabilise the spine using bolts and rods. If years ago, such an operation would have been possible only following earlier opening of a specific section of the spine with rear access, modern implants permit the execution of this procedure through minor incisions of the skin under the control of an x-ray machine. Thanks to this, the trauma to the back muscles is limited to the necessary minimum. The transcutaneous stabilisation operation may be executed as an independent technique or as a component of a complex procedure. Indications may encompass practically all illnesses of the spine that require the stabilisation of an unstable spine.

Standard length of stay at the clinic

3-4 days

Anaesthesia type

General endotracheal anaesthesia

How to prepare for the treatment

Basic blood test: blood type and Rh factor, blood properties, basic biochemical examination (sodium, potassium, urea, creatinin, glucose), clotting system (APTT, INR), ECG, general x-ray image of the chest. Other tests or specialist consultations depending on the current condition of the patient, their fundamental disease and co-existing diseases (e. g. level of specific hormones, general urine test, cardiological consultation). The consultation with the anaesthesiologist is carried out a few days before the operation, upon request of the head doctor, or, if no such need, on the day of admission to the clinic.

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M.D. Ph.D. Krzysztof Rzewuski
Specialist in neurosurgery
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Surgery of the spine

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