Gregory C Wiggins

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OBJECT Multilevel anterior cervical decompressive surgery and fusion effectively treats cervical myeloradiculopathy that is caused by severe cervical spinal stenosis, but degenerative changes at adjacent vertebral levels frequently result in long-term morbidity. The authors performed a modified open-door laminoplasty procedure in which allograft bone and(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the dorsal approaches to the cervical spine for myelopathy and myeloradiculopathy. METHODS The literature was reviewed in reference to dorsal approaches for cervical myelopathy and myeloradiculopathy. RESULTS There are a variety of surgical approaches in the management of cervical myelopathy and myeloradiculopathy. Deciding which is(More)
The coverage of large surface areas of the brain for electrographic monitoring purposes necessitates a craniotomy to achieve comprehensive sampling. We undertook a review and prospective analysis over 3 years of 38 patients undergoing craniotomy for electrode implantation. The indication for invasive monitoring was to determine candidacy for resective(More)
STUDY DESIGN A surgical simulation study in human cadaver spine specimens was conducted to evaluate the accuracy of thoracic vertebral body screw placement using four different intraoperative imaging techniques. OBJECTIVE To compare standard fluoroscopy, fluoroscopy-based image guidance with two different referencing methods, and computed tomography-based(More)
OBJECT Anterior decompression and stabilization for thoracic spinal tumors often involves a thoracotomy and can be associated with surgical approach-related complications. An alternative to thoracotomy is surgery via a costotransversectomy exposure. To delineate the risks of surgery, the authors reviewed their prospective database for patients who had(More)
OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANCE Congenital thoracic kyphosis is a rare cause of treatable myelopathy. Multilevel thoracic pedicle aplasia as a cause of this deformity has not been previously reported in the literature. We report a case and describe the surgical management and outcome. CLINICAL PRESENTATION A 14-year-old boy presented to us with a 4-month history(More)
This study was conducted to determine the safety, efficacy, and complication rate associated with the anterior approach in the use of a new titanium mesh interbody fusion cage for the treatment of unstable thoracolumbar burst fractures. The experience with this technique is compared with the senior authors' (C.S., R.W., and M.S.) previously published(More)
The authors report their experience with 42 patients in whom anterior lumbar fusion was performed using titanium cages as a versatile adjunct to treat a wide variety of spinal deformity and pathological conditions. These conditions included congenital, degenerative, iatrogenic, infectious, traumatic, and malignant disorders of the thoracolumbar spine.(More)
Iatrogenic loss of lordosis is now frequently recognized as a complication following placement of thoracolumbar instrumentation, especially with distraction instrumentation. Flat-back syndrome is characterized by forward inclination of the trunk, inability to stand upright, and back pain. Evaluation of the deformity should include a full-length lateral(More)
Pediatric spinal deformity results from multiple conditions including congenital anomalies, neuromuscular disorders, skeletal dysplasia, and developmental disorders (idiopathic). Pediatric spinal deformities can be progressive and cause pulmonary compromise, neurological deficits, and cardiovascular compromise. The classification and treatment of these(More)
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