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New Techniques for Severely Deformed Spines

Surgeon Uses Novel techniques to Treat Severely Deformed Spines

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD, a Washington University orthopedic surgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, is pioneering a new surgical approach to treat people with severe spinal deformities.

Traditionally, surgeons perform vertebral column resections to correct severely deformed spines. This requires at least two surgeries: one working through a side incision, and another working through a back incision. But Lenke works through a single back incision on the spine to perform the entire correction, usually in a single operation.

Lenke, one of only a handful of surgeons using the posterior approach, treats patients from all over the United States and other countries. He also teaches the procedure to surgeons from
all over the world.

Cervical Spine Surgery

A procedure called translaminar fixation -- invented by Washington University neurosurgeon Neill Wright, MD -- is an example of what sets Barnes-Jewish Hospital apart for spine and spinal cord surgery. Find out more in this video.

 

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