During current techniques of pedicle screw removal, there is a risk of damage to the screw including being stripped, bent or even broken. This can result in irreparable damage to the pedicle. Any damage to the screw compromises it’s integrity. Current techniques employed to rectify the problem may aggravate the situation by causing severe damage to surrounding tissue that can lead to substantial bleeding and possible damage to the patient’s spinal cord.
Using the Tornado technique for extraction minimizes the following:
- Damage to surrounding tissue
- Intra-operative blood loss
- Intra-operative radiation exposure
- Exposure to general anesthetics
- Surgical time
There is also a considerable amount of time saved with pre-operative planning. The Tornado is universal and can be used with any tuliped pedicle screw system.