Kyphoplasty: Guide to Needle Placement
We worked with neurosurgeon Andrew Ringer, MD to produce training materials on percutaneous approaches for kypoplasty & vertebroplasty. Deliverables included PowerPoint lecture for courses, video demonstrations, operating room posters, and a technique paper published in World Neurosurgery.
Key teaching concept: The procedure relies on fluoroscopic guidance in the AP and lateral planes. Surgeons new to this technique must "visualize in their mind" the axial view and appreciate the three dimensional projection of the needle at key anatomical landmarks to ensure safe trajectory.
Lumbar transpedicular approach
Lumbar extrapedicular approach
Thoracic extrapedicular approach
Thoracic infrapedicular approach
Video demonstration with a clear plastic vertebra to explain the key relationships.
Danger zones
Wall chart for use in the operating room.
Journal article published in World Neurosurgery