From Neurosurgical Focus
Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis With a Total Posterior Arthroplasty Prosthesis: Implant Description, Surgical Technique, and a Prospective Report on 29 Patients
Paul Mcafee, M.D.1; Larry T. Khoo, M.D.2; Luiz Pimenta, M.D.3; Andy Capuccino, M.D.4; Domagoj Coric, M.D.5; Robert Hes, M.D.6; Bart Conix, M.D.6; Farbod Asgarzadie, M.D.2; Azmi Hamzaoglu, M.D.7; Yigal Mirofsky, M.D.8; Yoram Anekstein, M.D.8
Object: Total disc replacement is an alternative to lumbar fusion, but patients with spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and facet arthropathy are often excluded from this procedure because increased adjacent-segment motion can exacerbate dorsal spondylotic changes. In such cases of degenerative spondylolisthesis with stenosis, decompression and fusion remain the gold standard of treatment. To avoid attendant loss of motion at the treated segment, the TOPS system is a novel total posterior arthroplasty prosthesis that allows for an alternative dynamic, multiaxial, three-column stabilization and motion preservation. The purpose of this study is to report preliminary surgical data and clinical outcomes in patients treated with the TOPS lumbar total posterior arthroplasty system.