Since 1991, when Obenchain described the first laparoscopic lumbar discectomy , 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].
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: A Practical Guide to Anatomy and Techniques|
|Publisher||Springer New York|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 2009|
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