The lateral percutaneous approach to discectomy

  • W. A. Friedman
  • S. L. Kanter


Percutaneous approaches to lumbar disc disease have evolved as a response to the morbidity generated by the variety of open procedures available. Two basic approaches have been pursued: a posterolateral approach similar to that used for vertebral biopsy or chymopapain injection [3]; and a straight lateral approach. The following text concerns the latter approach and the results of its utilization at the University of Florida [1, 2].


Nucleus Pulposus Chest Tube Disc Space Psoas Muscle Anulus Fibrosis 
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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. A. Friedman
    • 1
  • S. L. Kanter
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Neurological SurgeryUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Scott-White ClinicTempleUSA

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