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Posterior fusion application of DTrax facet system under fluoroscopy

I'm scheduled for a cervical posterior fusion, indirect foraminotomies which will be done under fluroroscopy (xray) next week using the Dtrax facet system. This is a very new surgery in the states (I believe it has only had FDA approval for a bit over a year) however has been used in Europe for quite some time. It's considered a minimally invasive surgery with little downtime and good outcomes. I'm wondering if anyone out there has had this surgery or heard of it. I had an ACDF for a herniated disc a couple of years ago but this procedure is to offer decompression of nerves in C 6-7 due to bone spurs. Thank you! 
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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 5,169
    Hi javajacket

    Welcome to Spine-Health

    I have never heard of the Dtrax system but I did do some research on it. Very interesting. A fluoroscopically guided posterior approach to place posterior cages bilatereally between the facet joint of the target level.
    The Dtrax system uses disposable instruments for a spinal fusion. These instruments were designed for this procedure. And it takes a specially trained surgeon to do this procedure. But it only takes about an hour.

    When are you having this done? Please keep us posted, I especially would like to know how this turns out.

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    Sandra
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  • That is it precisely! I will keep you posted on the surgery, recovery time and outcome. It sounds almost too good to be true!


    Thank you so much for researching and your interest!

    Donna

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  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,271

    Wow!  i had to look it up too.  i had posterior 10 level fusion done, they used a tracking system like that as well, only i was basically filetted from T9 through my pelvis wide open for access.  anything that can be done successfully less invasively has GOT to be better than the 2 foot long bandages changed daily for 2 weeks, 66 staples, 14 compression stitches and hives from the adhesive!!!!!  please keep us posted on how it goes!

    Kathy
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    Dec '16 T10-S2 fusion with pelvic fixation. Laminectomies L2, L3, L4, L5, facet removal, cages L4-5, L5-S1, severe scoliosis, arthritis and stenosis repair. 

  • Hello:  I had surgery 10 days ago, and had the DTrax cages installed in both sides between C4 and C5.  Surgery was done at 7:30AM and I was home by noon.  Whatever nerve pain I was experiencing in my left shouder and arm was gone the moment I woke up in the

    recovery room.  The only pain/soreness is in the incision areas (two) side by side in my upper back right below the neck.  Muscle knots and spasms which come and go.  Occasional OXY and muscle relaxers and having my wife rub my back which works the best.  I wear a soft collar most of the time, but take it off to stretch my neck as it gets stiff.  Otherwise this procedure is easy.  Any questions I would be glad to answer.  

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