Outcome analysis of surgically managed unstable burst fracture


  • Ganesan G. Ram Department of Orthopaedics, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Porur, Chennai, India
  • P. V. Vijayaraghavan Department of Orthopaedics, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Porur, Chennai, India
  • Kannan Karthik Kailash Department of Orthopaedics, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Porur, Chennai, India




Burst fracture, TSM-Bone graft, Anterior decompression, Neurological deficit


Background:Burst fractures are common injuries of dorsolumbar spine. In indicated cases, surgery is the treatment of choice. Significant controversy exists regarding surgical intervention for these fractures. Posterior decompression, anterior decompression and instrumentation, and combined anterior decompression and posterior instrumentation have been recommended in various studies. Here we are going to evaluate unstable burst fractures of thoracic and lumbar spine treated by isolated anterior decompression and instrumented fusion with TSM-Bone graft composite.

Methods: Prospective study of thirty-six cases of unstable fracture of thoracic and lumbar spine treated in Sri Ramachandra Medical centre from January 2011 to January 2014. The inclusion criteria were burst fractures of thoracic or lumbar spine complete or incomplete neurological deficit and burst fractures of thoracic or lumbar spine without neurological deficit but with mechanical instability. The exclusion criteria were pathological fractures, chance fracture, stable burst, wedge compression and osteoporotic compression fractures. The results were analyzed during the follow-up using the Pain – Visual analogue scale, Fusion status and radiographic parameter – K-angle .For pain score were given as 3,2,1 for absent, moderate and severe pain respectively. Regarding fusion status score of 3,2,1 were given when fusion was good, fair and no sign of fusion respectively.

Results:Mean pre-operative K-angle was 28o. Average loss of correction at final follow up was 3o.Mean correction of K-angle was 140.Moderate to severe loss of correction of K- angle was observed in 4 patients. Mild to moderate pain in 5 patients treated with analgesics. Average TSM subsidence was 3mm.

Conclusions:Bone graft composite provides stable biomechanical support to deficient anterior column in burst fractures and allows early rehabilitation and mobilization. Neural recovery may occur after anterior decompression, stabilization and fusion with TSM-Bone graft composite in dorsolumbar burst fractures with incomplete cord injury.

Author Biographies

Ganesan G. Ram, Department of Orthopaedics, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Porur, Chennai, India

Department of Orthopaedics

Associate Professor

P. V. Vijayaraghavan, Department of Orthopaedics, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Porur, Chennai, India

Department of Orthopaedics


Kannan Karthik Kailash, Department of Orthopaedics, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Porur, Chennai, India

Department of Orthopaedics



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