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Mini open approach (L4-S1)

Thoracic and lumbar fractures: Mini open retroperitoneal approach (L4-S1)

Preliminary Remarks

The exact incision site will depend on the level of the fracture. The disc space L1/2 and above cannot be reached with this approach.

The straight anterior approach (retroperitoneal approach) is excellent for corpectomy, spinal canal decompression, and vertebral body replacement. The lumbotomy is ideal for plating.