Combined transarticular lateral and medial approach with partial facetectomy for lumbar foraminal stenosis. Technical note

Nedal Hejazi, Alfred Witzmann, Klaus Hergan, Werner Hassler
Journal of Neurosurgery 2002, 96 (1 Suppl): 118-21
The authors performed a microsurgical combined transarticular lateral and medial procedure with partial facetectomy in 24 patients (16 men and nine women) with lumbar intervertebral foraminal stenosis to decompress the affected nerve root. The goal of this surgery was to maintain the integrity of the facet joint, to guarantee satisfactory exploration, and to obtain a sufficient decompression of the intervertebral foramen. Because only minimal bone resection is required, the risk of secondary instability induced by complete facetectomy is avoided. The clinical results of this procedure were excellent in the majority of cases. The mean follow-up period was 21.8 months.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Trending Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"

We want to hear from doctors like you!

Take a second to answer a survey question.