Outcome following unilateral versus bilateral instrumentation in patients undergoing minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion: a single-center randomized prospective study.

@article{Dahdaleh2013OutcomeFU,
  title={Outcome following unilateral versus bilateral instrumentation in patients undergoing minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion: a single-center randomized prospective study.},
  author={Nader S. Dahdaleh and Alexander T. Nixon and Cort D. Lawton and Albert P. Wong and Zachary A. Smith and Richard G. Fessler},
  journal={Neurosurgical focus},
  year={2013},
  volume={35 2},
  pages={E13}
}
OBJECT Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) is used to treat a wide variety of lumbar degenerative disorders. Although there are some reports showing efficacy of unilateral instrumentation during MIS-TLIF, a controlled randomized prospective study has not been done. METHODS Forty-one patients were randomly assigned to receive either bilateral or unilateral instrumentation following 1-level unilateral MIS-TLIF. Four patients were lost to follow-up in the… CONTINUE READING

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