Comparison of SpineJet™ XL and Conventional Instrumentation for Disk Space Preparation in Unilateral Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Department of Neurosurgery, St. Paul's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society (Impact Factor: 0.64). 05/2010; 47(5):370-6. DOI: 10.3340/jkns.2010.47.5.370
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Although unilateral transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is widely used because of its benefits, it does have some technical limitations. Removal of disk material and endplate cartilage is difficult, but essential, for proper fusion in unilateral surgery, leading to debate regarding the surgery's limitations in removing the disk material on the contralateral side. Therefore, authors have conducted a randomized, comparative cadaver study in order to evaluate the efficiency of the surgery when using conventional instruments in the preparation of the disk space and when using the recently developed high-pressure water jet system, SpineJet™ XL.

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