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Neurosurg Focus. 2008;25(2):E10. doi: 10.3171/FOC/2008/25/8/E10.

Minimally invasive approach to extraforaminal disc herniations at the lumbosacral junction using an operating microscope: case series and review of the literature.

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Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213, USA. pirrissm@upmc.edu

Abstract

Surgical access to extraforaminal lumbar disc herniations is complicated due to the unique anatomical constraints of the region. Minimizing complications during microdiscectomies at the level of L5-S1 in particular remains a challenge. The authors report on a small series of patients and provide a video presentation of a minimally invasive approach to L5-S1 extraforaminal lumbar disc herniations utilizing a tubular retractor with microscopic visualization.

PMID:
18673039
DOI:
10.3171/FOC/2008/25/8/E10
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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