Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research ®

A Publication of The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons ®

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Can Computer-assisted Surgery Reduce the Effective Dose for Spinal Fusion and Sacroiliac Screw Insertion?

Michael David Kraus MD, Gert Krischak PD Dr, Peter Keppler PD Dr, Florian T. Gebhard MD, Uwe H. W. Schuetz Dr med

The increasing use of fluoroscopy-based surgical procedures and the associated exposure to radiation raise questions regarding potential risks for patients and operating room personnel. Computer-assisted technologies can help to reduce the emission of radiation; the effect on the patient’s dose for the three-dimensional (3-D)-based technologies has not yet been evaluated.

Is Closed-suction Drainage Necessary for Single-level Lumbar Decompression?: Review of 560 Cases

Masahiro Kanayama MD, Fumihiro Oha MD, Daisuke Togawa MD, Keiichi Shigenobu MD, Tomoyuki Hashimoto MD

Closed-suction drainage is commonly used for prevention of postoperative hematoma and associated neurologic compromise after lumbar decompression, but it remains unclear whether suction drainage reduces postoperative complications.