Claudio Lamartina

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The dynamic stabilization of lumbar spine is a non-fusion stabilization system that unloads the disc without the complete loss of motion at the treated motion segment. Clinical outcomes are promising but still not definitive, and the long-term effect on instrumented and adjacent levels is still a matter of discussion. Several experiments have been devised(More)
To review the literature on the use of extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) in adult spinal deformity, to discuss on its limits and advantages and to propose a guide to surgical strategy. Surgical technique XLIF is a minimally invasive surgery (MIS) technique to anteriorly access the spine from midthoracic to L5. Important aspects of the technique are a(More)
Introduction The minimally invasive, lateral, transpsoas approach for lumbar interbody fusion (extreme lateral interbody fusion, XLIF), developed in 2003, is an alternative approach to anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) [1]. The XLIF approach minimizes approach related complications common to the direct anterior approach, namely vascular and visceral(More)
The classification system of spondylolisthesis proposed by Marchetti and Bartolozzi is the most practical regarding prognosis and treatment and includes the description of both low- and high-dysplastic developmental spondylolisthesis (HDDS). Unfortunately, it does not provide strict criteria on how to differentiate between these two subtypes. The accepted(More)
To describe the clinical outcomes and complications in a consecutive series of extreme lateral interbody fusion cases. Retrospective cohort review of 97 consecutive patients from three centers with minimum 6-month follow-up (mean 12 months). Functional status was evaluated by preoperative and last follow-up Oswestry Disability Index score. Leg and back pain(More)
Sagittal balance is an independent predictor of clinical outcomes in spinal care. Surgical treatment is challenging and jeopardized by frequent complications. Guidelines for surgical treatment are currently not based on a classification of the disease. A comprehensive classification of sagittal balance based on regional deformities and compensatory(More)
Sagittal imbalance is an important risk factor for spinal disability, pain and loss of health related quality of life. Its correction has a positive impact on these outcomes. Still, it is a very aggressive surgery, with a high revision rate. The aim of this study is to analyze the most important causes of failure of surgery for correction of sagittal(More)
The reduction and stabilisation of high-grade dysplastic developmental spondylolisthesis by means of modern internal fixators can correct slip, but can leave the sagittal alignment unbalanced, causing instability, e.g. in the adjacent, non-fused lumbar segments. Through analysis of the modifications of imbalance in the spine and pelvic ring due to surgical(More)
Standardized and validated self-administered outcome-instruments are broadly used in spinal surgery. Despite a plethora of articles on outcome research, no systematic evaluation is available on what actually comprises a good outcome in spinal surgery from the patients’ and surgeons’ perspective, respectively. However, this is a prerequisite for improving(More)
Lumbar and thoracolumbar deformity in the adult is a condition with impairment of health status that can need surgical treatment. In contrast with adolescent deformity, where magnitude of the curve plays a significant role in surgical indication, the aspects relevant in adult deformity are pain and dysfunction that correlate with segment degeneration and(More)