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CURRENT ISSUEJOURNAL OF NEUROSURGICAL SCIENCES

A Journal on Neurosurgery

Indexed/Abstracted in: e-psyche, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Neuroscience Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 1,651

Frequency: Bi-Monthly

ISSN 0390-5616

Online ISSN 1827-1855

 

Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2012 June;56(2):97-103

SPINE SURGERY - PART II 

Minimal access to the posterolateral lumbar spine

Hnenny L. 1, Fourney D. R. 2

1 Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada;
2 Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

The purported advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery over open microsurgical alternatives for lumbar decompression and fusion are attractive to patients, surgeons, and hospital administrators. Shorter hospital length of stay, less blood loss, shorter operating times, decreased use of postoperative narcotic analgesics, and a more rapid return to work have all been touted as advantages. In this review, we describe step-by-step techniques for minimal access posterolateral lumbar decompression and fusion. Key learning tasks for the introduction of each technique into practice are highlighted. The current quality of evidence for each approach is also critically evaluated.

language: English


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