The effect of surgical level on self-reported clinical outcomes after minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion: L4-L5 versus L5-S1.

@article{Lawton2014TheEO,
  title={The effect of surgical level on self-reported clinical outcomes after minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion: L4-L5 versus L5-S1.},
  author={Cort D. Lawton and Zachary A. Smith and Alexander T. Nixon and Nader S. Dahdaleh and Albert P. Wong and Ryan Khanna and Abdulwahed Barnawi and Richard G. Fessler},
  journal={World neurosurgery},
  year={2014},
  volume={81 1},
  pages={177-82}
}
OBJECTIVE The anatomic and biomechanical aspects of the L5-S1 level present unique operative challenges compared with the L4-L5 level. However, it has not been determined if self-reported outcomes and complications are different between patients treated with a minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion at these specific levels. METHODS There were 36 consecutive patients identified who were treated with a minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion procedure… CONTINUE READING

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