This information has been taken from C1 Lateral Mass Fixation: A Comparison of Constructs, a manuscript published in the 2010 Craniovertebral Junction Supplement issue of Neurosurgery, submitted by corresponding author Daniel C. Lu, MD PhD, of the Department of Neurological Surgery at University of California San Francisco.
This is an intraoperative video demonstrating the techniques of C1 lateral mass fixation based on a review of 42 consecutive patients who underwent this procedure. The patient population consisted of 24 men and 18 women with a mean age of 64 years. Twenty-two patients had C1-2 constructs. Twelve patients had constructs that started at C1 and extended to the mid/low cervical spine (one extended to T1). Eight patients underwent occipitocervical fusions incorporating C1 screws (two of which were occipito-cervical-thoracic constructs).