The Wilhelm Tell technique for anterior lumbar interbody fusion

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Thomas-Marc Markwalder Neurosurgery, Bern-Muri; Department of Surgery, The Hirslanden Group, Klinik Beau-Site, Bern; Orthopedics, Zürich-Zollikerberg, Switzerland; and Department of Orthopedics, Centre d'Etude et de Chirurgie du Rachis, Point Médical, Dijon, France

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Jean-Pierre Elsig Neurosurgery, Bern-Muri; Department of Surgery, The Hirslanden Group, Klinik Beau-Site, Bern; Orthopedics, Zürich-Zollikerberg, Switzerland; and Department of Orthopedics, Centre d'Etude et de Chirurgie du Rachis, Point Médical, Dijon, France

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✓ Experience indicates that stand-alone cages may lack the necessary stability to secure highly unstable motion segments at the lumbosacral junction.

The authors have designed a special carbon fiber composite interbody cage that allows additional screw placement in anterior lumbar interbody fusion procedures performed at the lumbosacral junction.

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