Feasibility of a resorbable anterior cervical graft containment plate
In this article the authors review the history of anterior cervical plating for one- and two-level discectomy for degenerative disease and provide background justification for the design and testing of a cervical plate composed of a resorbable material. The design of the plate is discussed with special reference to modifications of its design and tools compared with metallic plates that are necessary because of the different mechanical properties of the less rigid material. The cadaveric and animal in vivo testing methodologies are described, and a novel testing method for reliably quantifying graft containment is also described. Data from a representative sample are presented. Advantages and disadvantages of resorbable plating are discussed.
Journal of Neurosurgery
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Ames, Christopher P.; Cornwall, G. Bryan; Crawford, Neil R.; Nottmeier, Eric; Chamberlain, Robert H.; and Sonntag, Volker K.H., "Feasibility of a resorbable anterior cervical graft containment plate" (2002). Neurobiology. 846.