Evolution of the lateral extracavitary approach to the spine.

  title={Evolution of the lateral extracavitary approach to the spine.},
  author={Jason Lifshutz and Zvi Lidar and Dennis J. Maiman},
  journal={Neurosurgical focus},
  volume={16 1},
The development of alternative approaches to spine disorders marked an evolutionary change in the methods by which surgeons address diseases that affect the ventral portion of the spine. From the advent of spinal surgery until quite recently, physicians used posterior approaches almost exclusively for the treatment of all pathological processes. Surgeons subsequently became frustrated and disenchanted with outcomes of patients with anterior vertebral body disease when these procedures were… CONTINUE READING