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Surgery - throacolumbar IVDD

“Thoracolumbar Lateral Corpectomy for Treatment of Chronic Disk Herniation: Technique Description and Use in 15 Dogs.”

Moissonnier et al.

Vet Surg 2004.


Results—Ambulatory capacity was maintained or regained, and neurologic status improved by 1 grade (3 dogs), 2 grades (8), 3 grades (2), or 4 grades (2). Eleven dogs were considered free of disease. A seroma in 1 dog was the sole complication observed.

Conclusions—Lateral corpectomy permits relatively easy removal of protruded–extruded disk material from within the vertebral canal in chronic disk disease without further iatrogenic injury to the spinal cord.