We describe a floating technique via a posterolateral approach with intraoperative O-arm navigation to facilitate decompression of the spinal cord in thoracic myelopathy due to severe ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL). A 62-year-old man with myelopathy due to thoracic OPLL had left-leg muscle weakness, urinary disturbance, and spastic gait. Bilateral leg pain and gait disturbance had persisted for 2 years. He was successfully treated by the posterolateral OPLL floating procedure and posterior pedicle fixation under O-arm navigation. At a 2-year follow-up, manual muscle testing results and sensory function of the left leg had recovered fully. His cervical Japanese Orthopedic Association score had improved from 5/12 to 11/12. The novel intraoperative O-arm navigation-guided posterolateral floating procedure for thoracic OPLL is effective for achieving precise decompression and strong fixation with a posterior approach only and can provide an excellent result for severe thoracic OPLL without the risk of adverse events from intraoperative radiation.
- navigation surgery
- C-arm free
- floating method
- ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament
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- General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology