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A number of studies have evaluated the biomechanical characteristics of translaminar facet screw fixation in the absence of anterior interbody fusion.
In anterior interbody fusion (AIF), cages are more round in shape, while in posterior interbody fusion (PIF) they are more rectangular.
In fact, in a study of the results of lumbar anterior interbody fusion for patients with degenerative disc disease, Flynn and Joque (1979) found that only one fourth of the compensation-related cases were able to return to work as compared to private insurance cases.

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