Spinal Instrumentation

Haschtmann, Daniel; Ferguson, Stephen John (2008). Spinal Instrumentation. In: Boos, Norbert; Aebi, Max (eds.) Spinal Disorders: Fundamentals of Diagnosis and Treatment (pp. 67-90). Heidelberg: Springer Verlag 10.1007/978-3-540-69091-7_3

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Spinal instrumentation basically means the implantation of more or less rigid metallic or non-metallic devices which are attached to the spine. These devices function to provide spinal stability and thus facilitate bone healing leading to spinal fusion (spondylodesis). Fundamental biomechanical knowledge and its application serves to improve the performance of the individual spine surgeon with respect to the rate of bony fusion, implant failure or degree of deformity correction. However, biomechanics is inherently linked with (mechano-)biology. And there is still an incomplete understanding of spinal biomechanics and even more so of the underlying biology. Moreover, apparently advantageous biomechanical concepts do not necessarily lead to a better patient outcome.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute for Surgical Technology & Biomechanics ISTB [discontinued]

UniBE Contributor:

Haschtmann, Daniel and Ferguson, Stephen John


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Springer Verlag




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04 Oct 2013 15:06

Last Modified:

11 Dec 2014 16:14

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/28613 (FactScience: 122363)

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