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2022 Sep 03

Eur Spine J

Lumbopelvic shortening and local host bone-to-host bone reconstruction: a surgical method for lumbopelvic fusion following total sacrectomy.


Primary sacral tumors are rare, representing fewer than 7% of spinal neoplasms. Following total sacrectomy, lumbopelvic instrumentation and fusion carries a high risk of non-union with no current consensus on fixation techniques to augment bony defects. We aim to describe the outcome of a reconstruction technique following total sacrectomy whereby lumbopelvic shortening is performed and the posterior pelvic ring is compressed to enable contact with the native L5 vertebra.