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Alignment More of Issue in Distal Tibial Fracture Union Than Interlocking Screw Application

Fractures of the tibia or femur (shinbone or thighbone) have been fixed using hardware such as screws and plates since 1939, when Gerhard Kuntscher reintroduced a procedure called marrow nailing, insertion of a special nail into the marrow space of the bone. The technique became more refined in the 1950s and now in the 2010s, […]

Patient’s Guide to Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Introduction

Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) is a procedure used to treat problems such as disc degeneration, disc herniation, and spine instability. In this procedure, the surgeon works on the spine from the back (the posterior) and removes a spinal disc in the lower (lumbar) spine. The surgeon inserts bone graft material into the space […]