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Minimally Invasive Techniques for the Management of Lumbar Disc Herniation

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Minimally invasive surgery is the current trend for all types of surgery, especially in the spine, where surgical approaches and procedures are still considered by many as a treatment of last resort unless there is evidence of progressive neurologic involvement. In part, the hesitation to consider surgery is due to concerns over the morbidity of traditional spinal surgery, which damages muscle during the approach to the spine. Minimally invasive discectomy is considered desirable by most patients and by many surgeons. For lumbar disc herniation, however, the degree of minimal invasiveness varies widely between surgeons. The most common modern adaptation of a minimally invasive technique is described as a microlumbar discectom

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