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The morbidity of anterior approaches has significantly influenced the development of therapeutic concepts for the treatment of thoracolumbar spine fractures. Minimally-invasive techniques such as mini-open and endoscopic have enlarged the numbers of anterior reconstruction after spinal fractures in the thoracolumbar region. These minimally-invasive(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study is to determine the long term-results after thoracoscopic spondylodesis particularly with respect to a ventral versus dorso-ventral treatment strategy. METHODS In this prospective cohort study, a follow-up examination was performed in 19 patients (seven men, 12 women, average age: 37.7 years, follow-up rate: 79 %), six(More)
Fractures of the anteroinferior glenoid rim, termed bony Bankart lesions, have been reported to occur in up to 22% of first time anterior shoulder dislocations. The primary goal of treatment is to create a stable glenohumeral joint and a good shoulder function. Options for therapeutic intervention are largely dependent on the chronicity of the lesion, the(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of all available level I randomized controlled trials comparing single-row with double-row repair to statistically compare clinical outcomes and imaging-diagnosed re-tear rates. METHODS A literature search was undertaken to identify all level I randomized controlled(More)
Previous studies have shown the safety and effectiveness of balloon kyphoplasty in the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCFs). MRI and particularly the short tau inversion recovery (STIR) sequence are very sensitive for detecting vertebral edema as a result of fresh fractures or micro-fractures. Therefore, it has a great(More)
In cases of severe osteoporosis vertebral body fractures of the thoracolumbar spine can occur without any relevant trauma. Initially, a standardized diagnostic algorithm is recommended to detect acute vertebral body fractures and to be able to interpret the individual fracture stability. Aim of the therapy is to assure a relatively pain-free mobilization(More)
INTRODUCTION Radical segmental resection and subsequent distraction osteogenesis are considered the gold standard in the treatment of chronic tibial osteitis. We investigated the clinical course of treatment, particularly with respect to patients' quality of life, and the complication rate associated with this technique. METHODS In this prospective case(More)
Treating vertebral body fractures is challenging when there is relevant pre-existing spinal degeneration. Both vertebral body fractures and spinal degeneration are related to the physiological aging process. The increases in both are linked to increases in life expectancy. Several factors promote spinal degeneration and increase fracture risk, such as disc(More)
INTRODUCTION Ventral thoracoscopic spondylodesis of the thoracolumbar spine is an elegant treatment strategy. MATERIAL AND METHODS In the years 2002 and 2003 a total of 16 patients with incomplete cranial burst fractures were treated by ventral thoracoscopic monosegmental spondylodesis and were included in this study prospectively. The data acquisition(More)
INTRODUCTION The surgical fixation of unstable, varus displaced two-part fractures of the proximal humerus remains challenging. MATERIALS AND METHODS In a case series of 10 non-compliant, high-risk patients (median age 63 years; range 52-78), a cancellous allograft was used to augment plate fixation of the fractures. RESULTS After a median follow-up of(More)