Turkish Neurosurgery 2010 , Vol 20 , Num 2
Placement of Three-Pin Head Holders in the Concorde Position
Baskent University, School of Medicine, Neurosurgery Department, Ankara, Turkey DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.2982-10 AIM: To reevaluate the Concorde position with different surgical interventions to the posterior fossa and cervical pathology and to improve patient comfort in the Concorde position through obtuse angle placement of the three-pin holder while the patient is in the supine position.

MATERIAL and METHODS: Twenty-nine patients with posterior fossa pathology or cervical pathology were included in this study. All patients were operated in the Concorde position. The three-pin holder was placed with an obtuse angle while the patient was in the supine position as shown in figure 1a. The angle between the handle of the three-pin holder and the floor was measured in the supine and prone positions as shown in Figure 1A,B.

RESULTS: The average angle between the floor and the handle of the three-pin holder in the supine position and the Concorde position was 135 degrees (SD ± 5.45) and 95 degrees (SD ± 3.26) respectively (Figure 4) All the patient's body including the shoulders was within the borders of the operation table.

CONCLUSION: The placement of three-pin holders with an obtuse angle in the supine position provides three advantages: easier manipulation during neck flexion especially for cervical vertebral pathology, much less body weight loading on the three-pin holders during surgery, and less flexion of the neck to expose pathology located in the cervical or posterior fossa region. Keywords : Concorde position, Obtuse angle, Posterior cervical, Posterior fossa, Threepin holder

Corresponding author : Salih Gulsen, salihgulsen07@gmail.com