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Thoracic Spine Operations:

The Surgical Approaches to

Mid - & Upper Back Problems

Chapter 17

Thoracic Vertebrectomy,  Graft, and Plate
If a fractured thoracic or high lumbar vertebra is compressing the spinal canal, the body of the vertebra can be removed – a vertebrectomy.  The body is replaced by a bone graft and the whole construct is restored to full strength with a place and rod system. Varifix System - Illustration with permission of AO Synthes.