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Feasibility, Risks, and Outcomes of Percutaneous Oblique Extraforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Technique

The medical records of the patients who had extraforaminal lumbar fusion were reviewed. There were significant improvements in their clinical outcomes on VAS and NDI scores; however, less than favourable results as the complication rate was noted at 50%.


Objective: To demonstrate the feasibility, risks and outcomes of percutaneous oblique extraforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (ELIF) technique. There is a growing interest in using less invasive and less exposure surgery techniques but very little has been written on an extraformainal approach for decompression and interbody fusion through Kambin’s Triangle with the advantage of sparing the facets and lamina plus dissection of the multifidus muscles.

15 Jun, 2016
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e-Published: 29 Jun, 2016


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