Kyphoplasty with the SpineJack system was able to restore vertebral height and stabilize the vertebra with an injection of bone cement. The goal of this study was to seek a reliable assessing method during the surgery in determining the minimum amount of bone cement required for the SpineJack system to restore vertebral height and stabilize the vertebra. We defined the “double cross sign” as bone cement that expanded vertically along the bilateral SpineJack system, and spread across the midline of the vertebral body as viewed in the anteroposterior (AP) view of the radiographic image. Sixty-five patients aged 74.5 ± 8.5 years with vertebral compression fracture were included in the study. Patients with a positive double cross sign had better ODI score than those without the double cross sign (20.0 ± 6.9 vs. 32.3 ± 8.2; p < 0.001). Postoperative regional kyphotic and local kyphotic angle were significantly better in the positive double cross sign group (11 ± 8.8 degrees vs. 5.3 ± 3.2 degrees; p = 0.001/11.7 ± 6.2 degrees vs. 6.6 ± 4.1 degrees; p = 0.001, respectively). The more stable construct was built once the double cross sign was achieved during surgery. In this study, a convenient and intuitive method in identifying the minimum but sufficient quantity of injected cement during the SpineJack procedure was developed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Biochemistry