A multi-level rapid prototyping drill guide template reduces the perforation risk of pedicle screw placement in the lumbar and sacral spine

@article{Merc2013AMR,
  title={A multi-level rapid prototyping drill guide template reduces the perforation risk of pedicle screw placement in the lumbar and sacral spine},
  author={Matjaz Merc and Igor Drstvensek and Matja{\vz} Vogrin and Tomaz Brajlih and Gregor Re{\vc}nik},
  journal={Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery},
  year={2013},
  volume={133},
  pages={893-899}
}
The method of free-hand pedicle screw placement is generally safe although it carries potential risks. For this reason, several highly accurate computer-assisted systems were developed and are currently on the market. However, these devices have certain disadvantages. We have developed a method of pedicle screw placement in the lumbar and sacral region using a multi-level drill guide template, created with the rapid prototyping technology and have validated it in a clinical study. The aim of… CONTINUE READING
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