Far-lateral approach to the craniocervical junction.

  title={Far-lateral approach to the craniocervical junction.},
  author={Giuseppe Lanzino and Sergio Paolini and Robert F. Spetzler},
  volume={57 4 Suppl},
  pages={367-71; discussion 367-71}
The far-lateral approach is an extension of the standard suboccipital approach, designed to maximize exposure of the lateroventral craniocervical junction. Following a basic principle of cranial base surgery, the angle of view is increased by bone removal. Bone removal involves the most lateral part of the inferior occipital squama and the posterior arch of C1. Drilling of various portions of the occipital condyle further increases the exposure. Transposition of the vertebral artery is seldom… CONTINUE READING