Minimally disruptive decompression and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion

Burak M. Ozgur, Samuel A. Hughes, Lisa C. Baird, William R. Taylor

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Background: Posterior spinal procedures through tubular exposures have been described. However, tubes restrain visibility and require co-axial instrument manipulation, increasing difficulty and potentially compromising surgical results. An independent-blade retractor system overcomes the obstacles of working through a tube and has been used to perform minimally-disruptive decompression and instrumented tranforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF). Purpose: To evaluate the advantages to patient recovery and surgical efficacy of this technique. Methods/Results: Retrospective review of technique employing a minimally-disruptive approach to decompression and transforaminal lumber interbody fusion (TLIF). Conclusions: Minimally-disruptive decompression and instrumented TLIF can be performed in a safe and effective manner using an independent-blade retractor system. Relative to traditional-open techniques, surgical goals can be accomplished, but with the benefits of minimally-disruptive surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-33
Number of pages7
JournalSpine Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Minimally-disruptive
  • Minimally-invasive
  • Percutaneous Pedicle Screws
  • Split-blade Retractor
  • TLIF

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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