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Anton Fürst

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Jörg Auer

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Dorsal midline approach to the thoracolumbar spine

1. Skin incision

With the patient in sternal recumbency.

dorsal midline approach to the cervical spine

A dorsal midline skin incision is performed over the dorsal spinous processes centered over the injured vertebrae.

Radiographic markers like staples are used to define the precise location of the skin incision.

The incision extends through the skin, the subcutis, and the supraspinous ligament.

stabilization

2. Exposure

The dorsal ligaments are bluntly separated to gain access to the bone.

dorsal midline approach to the thoracolumbar spine