Lateral Approach to the Lumbar Spine


Minimally invasive surgery of the spine has increased in popularity worldwide. Such minimally invasive techniques, when achievable, have been associated with decreased postoperative pain, a shorter hospital stay, and a quicker return to activities compared with traditional techniques. One such minimally invasive technique is the lateral approach to the spine. This approach to the spine is a relatively new technique for performing interbody fusion through a lateral retroperitoneal approach. Similar to traditional open anterior interbody fusions, insertion of an intervertebral cage with this technique can restore the height of the disk space and assist in correction of the deformity at each level. In this article, we describe the technique of lateral interbody fusion of the lumbar spine.

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