Keyhole insertion of lumbar pedicle screws

This surgical video demonstrates the minimally invasive placement of lumbar pedicle screws, which is part of how a lumbar fusion is performed. This surgery is frequently offered for the treatment of spinal instability causing back and leg pain.

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As you can see, we use specialised and very accurate computer guidance to insert implants into the spine, without ever being able to see the bones directly. This technique allows for faster, safer and less disruptive surgery that permits a much faster recover than traditional open surgery.

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Minimally invasive removal of a spinal tumour

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