Both expandable and non-expandable interbody cage designs are available to surgeons for cases involving spinal reconstruction and stabilization following single level lumbar corpectomy . Different expandable cage designs are on the market , but all involve a manual mechanism to intraoperatively adjust the compressive load applied by the cage against the vertebral body endplates. Non-expandable cages do not have such a mechanism, and surgeons rely on cutting the cage to the appropriate length to achieve a “press-fit.” The clinical reasoning behind the expandable cage design is that the adjustability of the device will allow the surgeon to achieve the maximum contact area between the cage and the vertebral endplate without “overstuffing” the interbody space and thus causing a sagittal-plane deformity.
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Comparison of Mechanical Characteristics of Deployment for Expandable vs. Fixed Interbody Cages: Implications for Premature Clinical Failures
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Cheng, LC, Currey, JM, Modak, A, Han, HK, McClellan, RT, Pekmezci, M, Buckley, JM, & Ames, CP. "Comparison of Mechanical Characteristics of Deployment for Expandable vs. Fixed Interbody Cages: Implications for Premature Clinical Failures." Proceedings of the ASME 2010 Summer Bioengineering Conference. ASME 2010 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B. Naples, Florida, USA. June 16–19, 2010. pp. 483-484. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SBC2010-19129
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