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3Anterior decompression

Special consideration for thoracic spine

In cases where it is necessary to decompress the spinal cord, it may be necessary to remove the rib head and pedicle to identify the spinal canal.

In this case, the rib head is removed with a burr or osteotome.

After this step the procedure is identical for the thoracic and the lumbar spine and the illustrations will be shown without rib.