Anterior Lateral Approach for Anterior Decompression, Corpectomy, and Fixation with Webb Morley Procedure for Dorsolumbar Spinal Fracture


  • Aurangzeb Kalhoro Department of Neurosurgery, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro-Pakistan
  • Vashdev Khimani Department of Neurosurgery, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro-Pakistan
  • Muhammad Hamid Ali Department of Neurosurgery, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro-Pakistan
  • Mubarak Hussain Department of Neurosurgery, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro-Pakistan
  • Mahesh Kumar Luhano



Webb-Morley procedure, Anterior lateral decompression


Objective:  Efficacy of anterolateral approach Webb Morley procedure in a low-income country.

Materials & Methods:  A descriptive study was conducted at the Department of Neurosurgery, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro. Patients of any gender presented to us with dorsal or lumber injury, plus a presentation on X-ray / MRI as spinal fractures having bone fragments pressing the cord, especially from the anterior side were included in the study. The assessed tool was based on clinical findings of Frankel's grading.

Results:  We had 64 patients, who had dorsal and lumber fractures and went through the procedure of Webb Morley 43 were male and 31 were female patients The male-to-female ratio was 2:1 and the mean age was 39±3 yrs. with a median age was 42.5yrs. Fall (n = 34, 53.12%) was the common cause, road traffic accidents were (n = 16, 25%), fall of heavy objects (n = 11, 17.18%), and assault (n = 03, 4.68%).

Conclusion:  Based on the current study of our Centre the anterior lateral approach for lower dorsal and upper lumber level with decompression and fixation with Webb-Morley procedure is a safe and effective method.


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