Sylvain Palmer

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OBJECT The authors studied a consecutive series of patients with spinal stenosis in whom surgery was performed by a single surgeon who used a microscopic tubular retractor system (METRx-MD); patients underwent prospective evaluation involving radiography and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. The objective was to assess the feasibility and surgery-related(More)
OBJECTIVE Synovial cysts are a rare cause of lumbar radiculopathy and back pain. Surgical treatment is directed at complete excision of the cyst. We used minimally invasive surgical techniques for a series of patients, to assess the effectiveness of this approach for resection of synovial cysts. METHODS Seventeen patients (10 female and 7 male patients)(More)
OBJECT The DIAM is a polyester-encased silicone interspinous dynamic stabilization device that can unload the anterior column and reestablish the functional integrity of the posterior column. METHODS The DIAM was implanted in 104 patients between May 1, 2001 and October 30, 2001. A retrospective evaluation was performed based on chart review and patient(More)
OBJECTIVE Minimally invasive surgery has seen increasing application in the treatment of spinal disorders. Treatment of degenerative spinal stenosis, with or without spondylolisthesis, with minimally invasive technique preserves stabilizing ligaments, bone, and muscle. Satisfactory results can be achieved without the need for fusion in most cases. METHODS(More)
Introduction: Standard monitoring of severe traumatic brain injury patients (TBI) by intracranial pressure (ICP) and cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP) monitoring fails to recognize episodes of cerebral oxygen desaturation. We found and characterized frequent episodes of desaturation of jugular venous oxygen (SjO2) in the face of normal ICP and CPP. Methods:(More)
OBJECT Biomechanical testing and fluoroscopic imaging were used to study an extension-limiting device that has been developed to support and cushion the facet complex. It is a titanium screw-based system with a polycarbonate-urethane bumper that lies against the inferior articular process and is anchored into the pedicle by the screw for posterior dynamic(More)
The authors present an in-depth retrospective analysis of retractor systems for anterior odontoid screw fixation. They discuss various modifications and innovations of such systems and describe their own tubular retractor system, in which a beveled end conformal to the ventral surface of the vertebral column at the C2-3 level is introduced together with an(More)