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World J Orthop. Jan 18, 2015; 6(1): 117-126
Published online Jan 18, 2015. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v6.i1.117
Current strategies for the restoration of adequate lordosis during lumbar fusion
Cédric Barrey, Alice Darnis
Cédric Barrey, Alice Darnis, Department of Spine Surgery, P Wertheimer Hospital, Hospices Civils de Lyon, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 69003 Lyon, France
Author contributions: Barrey C and Darnis A contributed equally to this work.
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Correspondence to: Cédric Barrey, MD, PhD, Department of Spine Surgery, P Wertheimer Hospital, Hospices Civils de Lyon, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 59 Boulevard Pinel, 69003 Lyon, France. c.barrey@wanadoo.fr
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Received: December 30, 2013
Peer-review started: December 31, 2013
First decision: March 12, 2014
Revised: July 14, 2014
Accepted: July 27, 2014
Article in press: July 29, 2014
Published online: January 18, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Not restoring the adequate lumbar lordosis during fusion surgery may result in mechanical pain, sagittal unbalance and adjacent segment degeneration. The objective of this paper is to describe the current strategies and concepts for restoration of adequate lordosis during fusion surgery. The amount of lordosis to restore can be precisely evaluated from the analysis of spino-pelvic parameters. Technical tools during surgery involve patient positioning, release maneuvers, type of instrumentation used and surgical sequence. Finally, not one but several strategies may be used to restore the adequate lordosis during fusion surgery.