Lateral approach for anterior lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF and DLIF)

Burak M. Ozgur, Lissa C. Baird

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Since 1991, when Obenchain described the first laparoscopic lumbar discectomy [1], the field of minimally invasive spine surgery has continued to evolve. Surgeon and patient alike have been attracted by the advantages of minimally invasive surgery, including less tissue trauma during the surgical approach, less postoperative pain, shorter hospital stays, and faster return to activities of daily living. These reported advantages led to the laparoscopic anterior lumbar approach and mini-open anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) becoming commonly performed procedures [2-7].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMinimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical Guide to Anatomy and Techniques
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780387898308
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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