Ioannis D. Papanastassiou

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Extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) is a relatively new procedure for the treatment of degenerative disc disease avoiding the morbidity of anterior approaches. Ipsilateral L2-5 nerve root irritation and injury are well-described complications. We describe two patients with contralateral extremity symptoms, not reported so far. In the first patient the(More)
Kyphoplasty (KP) and vertebroplasty (VP) have been successfully employed for many years for the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral fractures. The purpose of this review is to resolve the controversial issues raised by the two randomized trials that claimed no difference between VP and SHAM procedure. In particular we compare nonsurgical management (NSM)(More)
OBJECT Balloon kyphoplasty has recently been shown to be effective in providing rapid pain relief and enhancing health-related quality of life in patients with metastatic spinal tumors. When performed to treat lesions of the upper thoracic spine, kyphoplasty poses certain technical challenges because of the smaller size of the pedicle and vertebral bodies.(More)
INTRODUCTION Plexiform schwannoma is one of the least common variants of schwannoma. It is usually found on the trunk, head, neck and upper extremities. Most reported cases are small tumors, less than 2cm in maximum diameter, arising from superficial nerves. Trauma and neurofibromatosis type 2 are well-recognized risk factors for plexiform schwannoma. It is(More)
STUDY DESIGN Retrospective comparative study and technical note. PURPOSE To determine if there is a difference in clinical and radiographic parameters between unilateral and bilateral kyphoplasty in a uniform cancer population and to stress the importance of preoperative planning. OVERVIEW OF LITERATURE While unipedicular kyphoplasty is gaining(More)
INTRODUCTION While evidence supports the efficacy of vertebral augmentation (kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty) for the treatment of osteoporotic fractures, randomized trials disputed the value of vertebroplasty. The aim of this analysis is to determine the subset of patients that may not benefit from surgical intervention and find the optimal intervention(More)
Cervical arthroplasty may be justified in patients with Klippel-Feil syndrome (KFS) in order to preserve cervical motion. The aim of this paper is to report an arthroplasty failure in a patient with KFS. A 36-year-old woman with KFS underwent two-level arthroplasty for adjacent segment disc degeneration. Anterior migration of the cranial prosthesis was(More)
BACKGROUND Kyphoplasty (KP) and vertebroplasty (VP) have been successfully employed in the treatment of pathological vertebral fractures. METHODS A critical review of the medical literature was performed and controversial issues were analyzed. RESULTS Evidence supports KP as the treatment of choice to control fracture pain and the possible restoration(More)
BACKGROUND Preoperative patient education (PE) has been used by many institutions to deal with patient anxiety, pain control, and overall satisfaction. Although the literature suggests PE's effectiveness in joint reconstruction, data are missing in spinal surgery. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed patients having elective spinal surgery who underwent PE(More)
OBJECT Posterior instrumentation is the preferred method of fixation in the unstable cervicothoracic junction (CTJ). Several posterior rod constructs of different diameters and configurations are available for instrumentation across the CTJ. The objective of this study was to compare the biomechanical stability of various posterior instrumentation(More)