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iFuse Bedrock Technique with Robotic Navigation (Berlin - Oper Neurosurg 2021)

Robotic Sacroiliac Fixation Technique for Triangular Titanium Implant in Adult Degenerative Scoliosis Surgery: 2-Dimensional Operative Video

Berlin C, Patel P, Lieberman I, Shaffrey M, Buchholz A.
Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2021 Nov 15;21(6):E555-E556.
DOI: 10.1093/ons/opab326. PMID: 34662894.


Corrective surgery remains a definitive treatment for adult spinal deformity, improving pain and disability. With these cases, instrumentation to the pelvis with iliac fixation is recommended. Whether iliac or S2-Alar-Iliac (S2AI) trajectories are used, sacroiliac joint pain and long-term sacroilitis can be common after long-fusion constructs.1-3 Sacroiliac fusion with triangular titanium implants during fusion can reduce back pain associated with sacroiliac joint degeneration,3 provides reduction in sacroiliac joint motion and stress when added to S2AI screws, and potentially enhances mechanical stability of fusion constructs.4 Here, we present a technique for placing triangular titanium sacroiliac implants (iFuse BedrockTM; SI-BONE Inc, Santa Clara, California) alongside S2AI screws using a robotic platform (Mazor X; Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Medtronic Inc, Dublin, Ireland). Navigated robotics allows reduction in human error with implant placement, and potentially decreased operative time/fluoroscopy.5-7 Key surgical steps include placement of K wires for S2AI and bilateral SI-implants, tapping, replacing SI-implant K wires with guide pins, placing S2AI screws, and finally placing the SI-implant. Final placement is verified with intraoperative fluoroscopy. The patient described is a 61-yr-old woman with worsening adult degenerative scoliosis, lower back pain, left leg radicular pain, and mild right leg pain who failed conservative treatment. Examination revealed diminished strength in both legs. Imaging was significant for moderate sigmoid scoliosis, discogenic disease, and osteoarthritis at all levels. She consented to undergo corrective surgery. Postoperatively, the patient experienced resolution of her leg weakness and pain. Imaging demonstrated appropriate positioning of hardware. Prospective studies on the efficacy of the SI-implant are underway.

: Fusion; Robotic; Sacroiliac; Scoliosis.

Author Information

Berlin C, Patel P, Shaffrey M, Buchholz A - Department of Neurosurgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

Lieberman I - Texas Back Institute, Plano, Texas, USA.

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