Pedicles provide symmetry to the spine necessary for a healthy body. Learn more about Pedicles in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.
A pedicle is a stub of bone connecting the lamina (thin section of a vertebra to the main body piece. In each vertebra there are two pedicles, one on either side when viewing the spinal column from above. Together, the pedicles provide support and protection to the spinal cord. When these pedicles are asymmetrical, support of the spine is compromised and negative spinal developments can arise.
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Robotics has always had a heavy involvement in accuracy and precision. Robotic spine surgery makes no deviation from these premises. With accuracy within less than 1.5mm, that’s only slightly thicker than the thickness of a human fingernail. Surgeons and patients alike can feel confident in the success of the procedure. Dr. Dennis Devito of Atlanta, Georgia had this to say about the Renaissance® system; “Having your child undergo scoliosis surgery can be scary, frightening – certainly makes a lot of parents nervous. When I see them in the pre-op area, I always show them their disk and tell them, ‘I have already done the surgery and now I just have to complete it.”
Quotation courtesy Mazor Robotics Renaissance® “Spine Surgery Software” brochure
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Our vertebrae is made of many elements that provide support to our bodies, allow movement, and protection. Along each vertebra sits a pair of tubular bony structures also known as pedicles. Each of these pedicles extends out of the vertebral body towards the back. The pedicle acts as sideways (lateral) protection for the spinal cord and nerves.
Learn more about Pedicle Screws here in our Knowledge Center of Dr. Anthony Leone.
The use of thoracic pedicle screws has become more widespread based on numerous reports of safe placement techniques and success in clinical practice. Pedicle screws offer several advantages over traditional hook and rod constructs. The pedicle is the strongest bony attachment to the vertebra and provides excellent purchase, even in osteoporotic bone. Pedicle screws provide fixation of all three spinal columns, which provides for better sagittal and coronal stability. This increased stability can decrease the number of levels included in a fusion construct.¹
¹R. Vaccaro MD, Alexander. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005.