Surgical approaches to the Spine

Harish Kempegowda, P. Justin Tortolani

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Although conventional anterior and posterior surgical approaches to the spine are well established, spine surgeons are currently focusing more on minimally invasive muscle-sparing approaches to improve overall patient outcomes by limiting the morbidity associated with extensile surgical exposures. It is helpful to review conventional surgical approaches and to focus on recent developments such as lateral, oblique, and anterior approaches to the lumbar spine; minimally invasive posterior approaches to the cervical spine; and circumferential decompression of the thoracic spine through a single approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOrthopaedic Knowledge Update
Subtitle of host publicationSpine 5
PublisherWolters Kluwer Health
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781975118419
ISBN (Print)9781975117320
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Complications
  • Minimally invasive approach
  • Patient positioning
  • Surgical steps

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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