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3Anterior decompression

Thoracic and lumbar fractures: Anterior stabilization

In the thoracolumbar/ lumbar spine, the disc is often removed by incising the anulus fibrosis and using a series of Kerrison rongeurs and curettes back to the posterior anulus and posterior longitudinal ligament.
 
This is often performed as part of a corpectomy or partial corpectomy in the setting of a traumatic burst fracture.