Percutaneous screw fixation – when performed as spinal surgery, it’s often called percutaneous pedicle screw fixation – is a minimally invasive operation intended to bolster and support the spinal column. Often executed as part of spinal fusion surgery, this procedure allows your surgeon to attach stabilizing rods to individual vertebrae in your spine. Lending to the name of the operation, pedicles are the pair of bones that connect the two parts of each vertebrae, the central body of the bone and the neural arch.
After utilizing advanced imaging technology, your surgeons at AllSpine identify which pedicles will support the stabilizing rods, which are affixed using small screws. Small incisions are made through which the rods are inserted. Wires, as well as endoscopic cameras, help guide the surgeon’s hand.
Percutaneous screw fixation offers several benefits to the patient. Because it’s minimally invasive, relatively little damage is done to surrounding tissue and muscles, meaning that the healing time and pain associated with the procedure is typically less than with traditional operations.
When not performed in conjunction with spinal fusion, percutaneous screw fixation is a good option for repairing damage, such as spinal fractures. It allows for faster bone union and healing than more invasive techniques.
At AllSpine, our surgeons have vast experience with all types of minimally invasive spine surgery, including percutaneous pedicle screw fixation. Before this procedure is deemed best for your treatment, you and your surgeon will explore all possible options and therapies to ensure your care is 100% customized to meet your needs.