Minimally invasive anterior contralateral approach for the treatment of cervical disc herniation

Aydin Y., Kaya R., Can S., Turkmenoglu O., Cavusoglu H., Ziyal I.

SURGICAL NEUROLOGY, vol.63, no.3, pp.210-219, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 63 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.surneu.2004.07.001
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.210-219
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


Background: During the practice of ipsilateral approach to the offending lesion in anterior simple discectomy, the authors realized that it achieves better surgical exposure of the opposite foraminal area. In addition, it was also realized that routine procedures for better visualization of the foraminal area, such as stripping longus colli muscles, further excising of the anterior longitudinal ligament, or using a spreader, which cause more invasive surgery during the standard anterior approach, are not necessary because the contralateral approach already achieves sufficient exposure of the target foraminal area.