Minimally invasive approaches to the surgical treatment of lumbar stenosis

William Aaron Kunkle, Bijan Ameri, Clifford Lin, Jayme Hiratzka

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Abstract

A literature review of minimally invasive treatment options for lumbar spinal stenosis was conducted to determine the efficacy and outcomes of existing and evolving techniques. This study focuses on minimally invasive interlaminar decompression, unilateral laminectomy for bilateral decompression, and internal indirect decompression devices/interlaminar stabilization. We found that both minimally invasive interlaminar decompression and unilateral laminectomy for bilateral decompression can lead to acceptable and effective outcomes for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. Indirect decompression via devices that provide interlaminar stabilization, including the Superion, X-STOP, and Coflex implants, has led to mixed results, but further research is still required.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100714
JournalSeminars in Spine Surgery
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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