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It is well accepted that the treatment of spinal tumors that threaten neurological integrity comprises resection, vertebral body reconstruction, and stabilization if the patient's condition is suitable. In spite of the excellent results reported using thoracotomy, the majority of investigators recommend posterolateral techniques because of lower morbidity,(More)
A video-assisted thoracoscopic microsurgical approach was developed in the laboratory and subsequently used clinically to resect abnormalities of the thoracic vertebrae, to decompress the thoracic spinal cord, and to reconstruct the thoracic vertebral bodies. This report describes the development of the clinical operative techniques for microsurgical(More)
STUDY DESIGN The first clinical implementation of a microsurgical endoscopic technique for removal of thoracic disc herniation is described. OBJECTIVE To decompress the spinal cord with a ventral approach, combining microsurgical and endoscopic techniques, while reducing the "approach-related trauma." METHODS A detailed description of the preoperative(More)
OBJECT The authors began using thoracoscopy to treat pathological conditions of the spine in 1992. In this study they delineate their clinical experience in which this procedure was used to resect herniated thoracic discs. METHODS Fifty-five patients underwent thoracoscopy for the resection of herniated thoracic discs. Thirty-six patients presented with(More)
OBJECT In this review the authors address the surgical strategies required to resect residual herniated thoracic discs. METHODS Data obtained in 15 patients who had undergone prior thoracic discectomy and who harbored residual or incompletely excised symptomatic thoracic discs were reviewed retrospectively. The surgical procedures that had failed to(More)
The MCC CAD Framework Methodology Management System (MMS) is used to describe and control distributed engineering activities in terms of design methodologies. The MMS provides a medium for tool and task description which includes extensible dependency semantics as well as access to data managemen~ communication, and general computation services. The MMS(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the integration of AlloDerm (LifeCell Corp., The Woodlands, TX) in a field exposed to external-beam radiation (EBR) by analyzing graft thickness, fibroblast recellularization, and neovascularization. STUDY DESIGN Randomized control. METHODS Thirty-six male Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 36) were randomly assigned to four groups. One hind(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to define the effects of external beam radiation (EBR) on AlloDerm (LifeCell Corp) through the analysis of graft thickness, fibroblast recellularization, and neovascularization as a function of time. METHODS AND MATERIAL Thirty-six male Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 36) were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 groups (A, B, C,(More)