Application of a Far-Lateral Approach to the Subaxial Spine: Application, Technical Difficulties, and Results

Research paper by Harnarayan Singh, Rana Patir, Sandeep Vaishya, Anurag Gupta, Rahul Miglani

Indexed on: 26 Mar '17Published on: 31 Dec '16Published in: World Neurosurgery


The far-lateral approach has traditionally been used as an approach to ventral foramen magnum pathologies. Ventral pathologies in the cervical spine and cervicodorsal regions also provide unique surgical challenges. Traditional posterior surgical approaches to the ventral cervical pathologies require significant cord retraction, and anterior approaches require significant bone removal with implant stabilization. We approached these lesions using a modification of the far-lateral approach for lesions in the subaxial spine.

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