Effect of Fenestrated Pedicle Screws with Cement Augmentation in Osteoporotic Patients Undergoing Spinal Fusion

Yamaan S. Saadeh, Kevin N. Swong, Timothy J. Yee, Michael J. Strong, Osama N. Kashlan, Nicholas J. Szerlip, Mark E. Oppenlander, Paul Park*

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Objective: Osteoporosis is a well-known risk factor for instrumentation failure and subsequent pseudoarthrosis after spinal fusion. In the present systematic review, we analyzed the biomechanical properties, clinical efficacy, and complications of cement augmentation via fenestrated pedicle screws in spinal fusion. Methods: We conducted a systematic review in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines. Reports appearing in the PubMed database up to March 31, 2020 were queried using the key words “cement,” “pedicle screw,” and “osteoporosis.” We excluded non-English language studies, studies reported before 2000, studies that had involved use of cement without fenestrated pedicle screws, nonhuman studies, technical reports, and individual case reports. Results: Twenty-five studies met the inclusion criteria. Eleven studies had tested the biomechanics of cement-augmented fenestrated pedicle screws. The magnitude of improvement achieved by cement augmentation of pedicle screws increased with the degree of osteoporosis. The cement-augmented fenestrated pedicle screw was superior biomechanically to the alternative “solid-fill” technique. Fourteen studies had evaluated complications. Cement extravasation with fenestrated screw usage was highly variable, ranging from 0% to 79.7%. However, cement extravasation was largely asymptomatic. Thirteen studies had assessed the outcomes. The use of cement-augmented fenestrated pedicles decreased screw pull out and improved fusion rates; however, the clinical outcomes were similar to those with traditional pedicle screw placement. Conclusions: The use of cement-augmented fenestrated pedicle screws can be an effective strategy for achieving improved pedicle screw fixation in patients with osteoporosis. A potential risk is cement extravasation; however, this complication will typically be asymptomatic. Larger comparative studies are needed to better delineate the clinical efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e351-e361
JournalWorld neurosurgery
StatePublished - Nov 2020


  • Cement augmentation
  • Fenestrated screw
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pedicle screw
  • Spine fusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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