By: 9 October 2018
ATHLET – The real winner

Anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion (ACCF) has become standard procedure for patients with spondylotic myelopathy due to multisegmental stenosis of the cervical canal. In addition to the fusion technique using autogenous bone grafts and titanium implants, synthetic polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cages have been used increasingly during the last years. However, limited evidence on the clinical and radiological results of PEEK cages for ACCF exists in the literature. Latest studies have demonstrated that PEEK cages lead to equal clinical and radiological results and are a safe and effective alternative to titanium cages or autogenous bone graft for ACCF [1].

Also the shorter duration of surgery and term of postoperative stay support the thesis, that PEEK cage is superior to iliac crest bone fusion.

Synthetic vertebral body replacement requires top performance. Our ATHLET (athlitis = Greek for “the contestant”) meets this challenge.

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1 C.Schulz, U.M. Mauer, R. Mathieu, Abt. Neurochirurgie, Bundeswehrkrankenhaus Ulm, Orthopäde DOI 10.1007/s00132-016-3345-7, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016


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