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Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2011 October;62(5:413-21

language: English

Preoperative planning for correction of sagittal plane deformities of the spine

Canavese F. 1, Dimeglio A. 2

¹ Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Estaing, Service de Chirurgie Infantile, Clermont Ferrand, France;
² University of Montpellier, Faculty of Medicine, Montpellier, France


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The aim of treatment of sagittal malalignment is to restore normal balance. Good knowledge of normal spino-pelvic alignment is fundamental. Many methods for surgical realignment are available. However, to maximize the likelihood of a positive outcome it is more important a proper analysis of spino-pelvic parameters than the type of surgical technique performed. A failure to recognize sagittal plane malalignment can have significant repercussion on patient daily life, activities and, eventually, social interaction. The aim of the present article is to provide an overview of spino-pelvic parameters needed to perform a correct preoperative analysis of sagittal plane deformities.

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