AANS: Two-level cervical arthroplasty using a “no-distraction” technique

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In this video shared by the Journal of Neurosurgery, researchers describe the surgical nuances of two-level cervical arthroplasty in a case of 2-level degenerative disease.

(Deshpande Rajakumar, Ankit Sharma, Akshay Hari, Subhas Konar, and Murali Krishna, Department of Neurosurgery, Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore, India)

In this surgical technique, conventional vertebral body distraction has been avoided to prevent facet distraction, which can be a cause of persistent postoperative neck pain. Good motion preservation was observed at the one-year follow-up examination.