Patient Outcomes for Anterior Multilevel Cervical Fusions: A Comparative Analysis of AO Versus DOC Instrumentation
Journal of Musculoskeletal Research
A retrospective review of 56 patients receiving anterior cervical fusion with either AO plate or DOC plate was conducted. Both lead to significant improvements in pain and functional capacity. Both groups had cases of transient dysphasia and lingering pain. Neither group had severe complications, and minor complications were similar for the two groups. DOC is a safe and effective system to promote anterior cervical fusion, and its dynamic nature could theoretically reduce the amount of load shielding of the bone graft during the fusion process. Our results have shown that complications and clinical improvements were similar for the two groups.
Anterior cervical fusion, Anterior plating system, Cervical spine, Spinal instrumentation
Humphreys S, Hodges SD, Eck JC. Patient Outcomes for Anterior Multilevel Cervical Fusions: A Comparative Analysis of AO Versus DOC Instrumentation. Journal of Musculoskeletal Research. 2001; 5(2). doi: 10.1016/S0218-9577(01)00044-1.