The Oblique Anterolateral Approach to the Lumbar Spine Provides Access to the Lumbar Spine With Few Early Complications.

@article{Mehren2016TheOA,
  title={The Oblique Anterolateral Approach to the Lumbar Spine Provides Access to the Lumbar Spine With Few Early Complications.},
  author={Christoph Mehren and H Michael Mayer and Christoph Zandanell and Christoph J. Siepe and Andreas Korge},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
  year={2016},
  volume={474 9},
  pages={2020-7}
}
BACKGROUND During the last 20 years several less-invasive anterior approaches to the lumbar spine have become standard, including the extreme lateral transpsoas approach. Although it is associated with a lower risk of vascular injury compared with anterior midline approaches, neuromonitoring is considered mandatory to avoid neurologic complications. Interestingly, despite neuromonitoring, the reported risk of neurologic deficits with the extreme lateral transpsoas approach is greater than… CONTINUE READING