Minimally Invasive Single-Position Lateral Interbody Fusion With Robotic Bilateral Percutaneous Pedicle Screw Fixation: 2-Dimensional Operative Video

Corey T. Walker, Jakub Godzik, David S. Xu, Nicholas Theodore, Juan S. Uribe, Steve W. Chang

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Lateral interbody fusion has distinct advantages over traditional posterior approaches. When adjunctive percutaneous pedicle screw fixation is required, placement from the lateral decubitus position theoretically increases safety and improves operative efficiency by obviating the need for repositioning. However, safe cannulation of the contralateral, down-side pedicles remains technically challenging and often prohibitive. In this video, we present the case of a 59-yr-old man with refractory back pain and bilateral lower extremity radiculopathy that was worse on the left than right side. The patient provided written informed consent before undergoing treatment. We performed minimally invasive single-position lateral interbody fusion with robotic (ExcelsiusGPS, Globus Medical Inc, Audubon, Pennsylvania) bilateral percutaneous pedicle screw fixation for the treatment of asymmetric disc degeneration, dynamic instability, and left paracentral disc herniation with corresponding stenosis at the L3-4 level. A left-sided minimally invasive transpsoas lateral interbody graft was placed with fluoroscopic guidance. Without changing the position of the patient or breaking the sterile field, an intraoperative cone-beam computed tomography image was obtained for navigational screw placement with stereotactic trackers in the iliac spine. Screw trajectories were planned using the robotic navigation software and were placed percutaneously in the bilateral L3 and L4 pedicles using the robotic arm. Concomitant lateral fluoroscopy may be used if desired to ensure the fidelity of the robotic guidance. The patient recovered well postoperatively and was discharged home within 36 h, without complication. Single-position lateral interbody fusion and percutaneous pedicle screw fixation can be accomplished using robotic-assisted navigation and pedicle screw placement. Used with permission from Barrow Neurological Institute.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E121
JournalOperative neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Arthrodesis
  • Disc degeneration
  • Interbody graft
  • Lateral interbody fusion
  • Navigation
  • Percutaneous pedicle screw fixation
  • Radiculopathy
  • Robotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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