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Anterior-Posterior L5-S1 Discectomy and Fusion
Anterior-Posterior L5-S1 Discectomy and Fusion
This single exhibit board shows the anterior and posterior approach for a discectomy and fusion at the L5-S1 level.rnrnThe first group of three images illustrate the anterior discectomy procedure. The first image is of the left side incision in the patient’s abdomen to expose the lower anterior spine. The second and third images show the exposed spine with the removal of disc material and implantation of the Peek implant and securing screw and washer.rnrnThe second group of images illustrates the posterior fusion procedure. The first image shows the middling posterior incision over the vertebrae L5 and S1. The second and third show the placement of the pedicle screws and rods, then decortication of the bones and placement of bone graft. There is also a small inset of a film showing the completed hardware.
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