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Direct Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (DLIF) Using Mechanomyography Nerve Mapping

March 01, 2017

Contributors: Stephen Bartol, MD; Justin Jabara, BS; Edward Jung, MD; Kevin Michael Taliaferro, MD; Nolan Michael Wessell, MD

The advantages of the direct lateral lumbar interbody fusion technique for both indirect decompression and lumbar stabilization for fusion have been well described. Controversy about this technique centers on the risk of nerve injury associated with the lateral approach. In this video we will demonstrate the technique for direct lateral interbody fusion and the use of surgeon directed MMG (mechanomyography) for nerve mapping.

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