Lateral Approach for Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF and DLIF)

  • Burak M. OzgurEmail author
  • Lissa C. Baird

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].


Psoas Muscle Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Degenerative Lumbar Scoliosis Percutaneous Pedicle Screw 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Director of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Department of NeurosurgeryCedars-Sinai Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Neurosurgery Resident, Division of NeurosurgeryUniversity of California-San Diego, UCSD Medical CenterSan DiegoUSA

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