Case ReportMinimally Incisional Stabilization of Unstable L5 Burst FractureSahin, Soner MD; Resnick, Daniel K MDAuthor Information From the Spinal Surgery Program, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison WI. Reprints: Dr. D. K. Resnick, Spinal Surgery Program, University of Wisconsin Medical School, 600 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53792-0001 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques: October 2005 - Volume 18 - Issue 5 - p 455-457 doi: 10.1097/01.bsd.0000156829.91302.70 Buy Metrics Abstract Background: Burst fractures of the L5 vertebral body are uncommon. Treatment options described include prolonged immobilization and surgical stabilization, most commonly with an instrumented fusion from L4 to the sacrum. Methods: We describe the use of a minimally incisional technique to provide temporary internal fixation in a patient with an L5 burst fracture who was not a candidate for prolonged immobilization. Results: This technique resulted in an excellent outcome without the requirement for a fusion. Conclusion: Minimally incisional fixation procedures are a treatment option for select patients with L5 burst fractures. © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.