Safety and the anatomy of the retroperitoneal lateral corridor with respect to the minimally invasive lateral lumbar intervertebral fusion approach

Gilad J. Regev, Choll W. Kim*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Safe and reproducible outcomes of the lateral lumbar intervertebral fusion (LLIF) procedure rely on meticulous care and understanding of the anatomy of the lateral corridor. This review aims to describe the different important anatomic considerations when performing LLIF and offer technical notes that may help increase the safety of this procedure. The LLIF procedure is divided into 5 stages: patient positioning, abdominal wall dissection, retroperitoneal space dissection, deployment of the surgical retractors, and diskectomy. Each stage is preformed in a distinct anatomic compartment that may cause different typical complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-218
Number of pages8
JournalNeurosurgery Clinics of North America
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

Keywords

  • LLIF
  • Retroperitoneal anatomy
  • Transpsoas approach

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