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Preoperative coil localization for spinal surgery is accurate, safe and effective: a single-centre initial experience.

OBJECTIVE AND STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective, descriptive study of consecutive patients undergoing novel preoperative pushable coil localization for spinal surgery, in order to evaluate its feasibility, safety and accuracy.

METHODS: Consecutive patients who underwent pre-operative coil marking for spinal surgery at our institution from May 2018 to July 2021 were included. Data were collected for coil placement, accuracy, complications and fluoroscopy usage. Patient demographic and relevant perioperative and procedural data were also collected.

RESULTS: A total of 34 patients were identified of which 32 (94%) had complete data and imaging at last clinical follow up, with a mean duration of 13.9 months. There were no incorrect level surgeries performed. There were no coil-related complications found in our cohort.

CONCLUSIONS: Preoperative coil placement is an accurate, safe and well-tolerated method for level localization in spinal surgeries.

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