Institutional members access full text with Ovid®

SMITHPETERSEN OSTEOTOMY IN THORACOLUMBAR DEFORMITY SURGERY

La Marca, Frank M.D.; Brumblay, Hunter M.D.

doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000320428.67620.4F
Specific Techniques

OBJECTIVE: To describe the technique and indications of a Smith–Petersen osteotomy in spinal deformity surgery.

METHODS: Pertinent literature was reviewed to describe the indications and reported complications of this corrective technique.

RESULTS: The operative nuances of the technique are described.

CONCLUSION: A Smith-Petersen osteotomy is a safe and effective surgical technique to obtain correction of spinal deformity in both the sagittal and coronal planes.

Department of Neurosurgery, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Reprint requests: Frank La Marca, M.D., Department of Neurosurgery, University of Michigan Health System, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Room 3552 TC, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0338. Email: flamarca@umich.edu

Received, September 28, 2007.

Accepted, May 5, 2008.

Copyright © by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons