Lateral lumbar fusion

Mary is a 73 year old who had right leg pain in the front and inner part of her thigh. Her MRI and x-rays showed lumbar scoliosis mostly at L3-4 with compression of the right L3 nerve root.

After considering her options, Mary opted to have surgery. An incision was made between her rib cage and hip bone and the left side of the L3-4 disc was accessed and removed. We were able to prop the disc back open again and fuse the level with a lateral plate and cage.

Surgery lasted about 45 minutes. Mary had minimal blood loss and was discharged to home a few hours after surgery.

Disclaimer: Although this is a real patient, I have used a different name for privacy protection and added a few details for educational purposes. This patient gave consent to have his case shared.

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