Antonio A. Faundez

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STUDY DESIGN An in vitro biomechanical comparison of 2 fusion techniques, anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF), on cadaveric human spines. OBJECTIVE To compare the immediate construct stability, in terms of range of motion (ROM) and neutral zone, of ALIF, including 2 separate approaches, and TLIF(More)
The authors report the case of a 66-year-old man with progressive, nontraumatic, C-1 cord compression who presented with a complete but hypoplastic atlas. They review six cases found in the literature. Symptoms usually develop in the late adulthood; the sagittal diameter of the canal measures 10 mm or less. The treatment requires a posterior decompression.(More)
STUDY DESIGN Biomechanical study. OBJECTIVE To test 2 different intervertebral positions of a semilunar cage and their effects on 3-dimensional stability and segmental lordosis in a model of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA In his original TLIF description, Harms recommended decortication of endplates, followed(More)
In order to avoid the morbidity from autogenous bone harvesting, bone graft substitutes are being used more frequently in spinal surgery. There is indirect radiological evidence that bone graft substitutes are efficacious in humans. The purpose of this four-case study was to visually, manually, and histologically assess the quality of a fusion mass produced(More)
OBJECT Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is a popular fusion technique for treating chronic low-back pain. In cases of interbody nonfusion, revision techniques for TLIF include anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) approaches. Biomechanical data of the revision techniques are not available. The purpose of this study was to compare the(More)
PURPOSE Pelvic incidence angle is not always measurable due to lumbosacral transitional vertebrae (LSV). The fifth lumbar vertebra (L5) is rarely abnormal. The purpose of this study was to quantify from full-body standing X-rays, the L5 incidence angle (L5I) in a normal asymptomatic population and to correlate it with standard spino-pelvic parameters taking(More)
In humans, the erect position and bipedal walk is possible because of a balance between pelvic and spinal parameters. The most important pelvic parameter is the pelvic incidence which represents the base on which the spine lies. With aging, thoracic kyphosis increases, lumbar lordosis decreases, compromising the spino-pelvic balance. Compensatory(More)
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