Lumbar Decompression Using a Tubular Retractor System
Spinal stenosis and lumbar disc herniation often cause nerve root compression with radiculopathy or neurogenic claudication. The resulting symptoms can vary widely from patient to patient ranging from asymptomatic to debilitating back and leg pain. Surgical decompression is generally effective at improving the condition when nonoperative treatments have not been effective. Minimally invasive techniques have the potential to decrease certain perioperative complications and shorten patient recovery time. This chapter will review the technique of minimally invasive lumbar decompression using a tubular retractor system.
KeywordsLumbar decompression Minimally invasive Perioperative complications Spinal stenosis Tubular retractor system
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