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MINERVA ORTOPEDICA E TRAUMATOLOGICA
A Journal on Orthopedics and Traumatology
Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2004 October;55(5):185-200
Microsurgery of the cervical spine
Riew K. D., Hurford R. K. Jr, Taylor B.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery Washington University School of Medicine Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, USA
In this paper we will discuss the advantages of using the microscope over loupe magnification, and review our techniques for performing microsurgery of the anterior as well as posterior cervical spine. we believe that the vastly improved visualization offered by a modern microscope allows surgeons to perform these procedures faster, with more confidence about the completeness of a surgical decompression, and with improved patient safety. We think that these benefits justify the added expense and time commitment required to become proficient in the use of the operating microscope.