Lumbar interbody fusion: state-of-the-art technical advances

Invited submission from the Joint Section Meeting on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, March 2004

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  • 1 Department of Neurological Surgery, Emory University; and Atlanta Brain and Spine Care, Atlanta, Georgia
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✓ During the past few decades, three techniques have been used to achieve circumferential lumbar interbody fusion (LIF). They include posterior LIF, anterior LIF with supplemental posterior fixation, and transforaminal LIF. In this article, the authors describe the indications and contraindications for the use of interbody fusion. The advantages and disadvantages of each will be discussed in detail. Additionally, strategies for minimally invasive access and options for interbody spacer materials will be discussed.

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Address reprint requests to: Praveen V. Mummaneni, M.D., Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University, Crawford Long Hospital, 550 Peachtree Street, Suite 806, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. email: praveen_mummaneni@emoryhealthcare.org.
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