Global Alignment and Proportion (GAP) Score Development and Validation of a New Method of Analyzing Spinopelvic Alignment to Predict Mechanical Complications After Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery

YILGÖR İ. Ç., Sogunmez N., Boissiere L., YAVUZ Y., Obeid I., Kleinstuck F., ...More

JOURNAL OF BONE AND JOINT SURGERY-AMERICAN VOLUME, vol.99, no.19, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Background: The restoration of normal sagittal alignment is a critical goal in adult spinal deformity surgery to achieve favorable outcomes and prevent mechanical complications. Schwab sagittal modifiers have been accepted as targets for appropriate alignment, but addressing these targets does not always prevent high mechanical complication or revision rates. This may be because the linear absolute numerical parameters do not cover the whole pelvic incidence spectrum and the distribution of lordosis, pelvic anteversion, and negative malalignment are not considered as potential causes of failure. The aim of the present study was to develop and validate a score based on pelvic-incidence-based proportional parameters to better predict mechanical complications.