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Thoracolumbar junction T10-L2

Thoracic and lumbar fractures: Left sided thoracolumbar junction approach (T10-L2)|alt

The segmental vessels above and below the involved vertebra should be isolated, ligated with sutures and clips, and divided.

Next, the segmental vessels over the involved vertebra should be isolated, ligated, and divided.

For anterior discectomies, these can be spared.