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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 648-654

Methylmethacrylate inter-facetal and inter-vertebral body spacers for cranio-vertebral junction and various spine surgeries: Technical note

1 Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Dentistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
3 Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
4 Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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Dr. Deepak Kumar Jha
Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur - 342 005, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajns.AJNS_443_20

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Study Design: Prospective. Purpose: Over past one and half decade, ready-to-use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatible spinal implants have changed the clinical practice and economics of spinal surgery. These are beyond reach of majority of population of developing countries like India due to financial reasons and also availability in remote areas. There is a growing need for a MRI compatible cost-effective spinal implant of proven quality. The authors used bone cement spacers for the said purpose for various level spine surgeries. Overview of Literature: Methylmethacrylate, known as bone cement, was used extensively for spinal surgeries from craniovertebral junction to sacrum for augmentation and replacement of various spinal elements. Its biochemical and biomechanical properties were tested for safe clinical use and was a favored material for spinal surgeons. Materials and Methods: The authors made molds for making bone cement spacers for various spine levels with the help of silicone material. Results: Sixteen patients (12 males, 4 females with an average age of 31 years) of various spine level surgeries were done where bone cement spacers were used. It included patients of basilar invagination (n = 9), dorsal Pott's disease (n = 1), lumbar (n = 2), and lumbo-sacral spondylolisthesis (n = 1). Spacers could be used without any difficulties and postoperative day 1- and 3-months follow-up computed tomography scan of the patients revealed no change in the dimensions of the spacer and fusion at 3 months of operated levels. Conclusion: The authors feel that bone cement spacers may be an effective and low-cost alternative to the existing costly alternatives.

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