Tubular decompression effective in lumbar interbody fusion: study

Spine

Researchers with New York City-based Weill Cornell Medicine successfully performed seven single-stage lateral lumbar interbody fusions with seven levels of decompression without complications. 

The study, published in Operative Neurosurgery on Aug. 29, aimed to correct decompression failure that happens in 9 percent of interbody fusion cases. 

Researchers modified the decompression technique by adding a minimally invasive direct tubular decompression in the lateral position. 

The study concluded: "SSLLIF with direct microtubular decompression in lateral position is a safe and effective procedure in patients where indirect decompression alone may not achieve

the surgical goal. Adherence to minimally invasive spine surgery principles and thoughtful patient selection facilitate the successful management of these patients while demonstrating short hospital stay and low-risk of perioperative complications." 

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