Nerve tensiometer for spondyloptosis surgery

M. Matinfar, R. J. Webster, L. Ford, I. Iordichata, C. C. Edwards, R. H. Taylor

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Spondyloptosis is a type of severe spinal deformity that develops during childhood and progresses to adulthood. Spondyloptosis causes back pain, limited range of mobility, leg weakness and severe hamstring tightness. Correction of spondyloptosis requires careful preoperative analysis and special surgical techniques to ensure optimal nerve root stretch; both under-stretch and over-stretch pose a danger to the patient. In this paper, we describe a tensiometer useful for predicting impending nerve injury during spondyloptosis surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNEBEC 2009 - Proceedings of the IEEE 35th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781424443628
StatePublished - 2009
EventIEEE 35th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, NEBEC 2009 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Apr 3 2009Apr 5 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, NEBEC
ISSN (Print)1071-121X


OtherIEEE 35th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, NEBEC 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering


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