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In one method for performing a laparoscopic lumbar discectomy an incision is created in the abdominal wall of a patient. The peritoneal lining is dissected from the abdominal wall while relocating the peritoneal lining toward the midline of the abdomen to create an expanded retroperitoneal space. A surgical apparatus is inserted into the incision comprising an endoscope and surgical means suitable for performing a lumbar discectomy. The surgical apparatus is directed through the expanded retroperitoneal space until the surgical apparatus approaches the anterior aspect of a vertebral body and a discectomy is performed on the vertebral body.

Title
Method of performing laparoscopic lumbar discectomy
Application Number
780865
Publication Number
5313962
Application Date
March 1, 1993
Publication Date
May 24, 1994
Inventor
Theodore G Obenchain
12002 Royal Birkdale Row, #A, San Diego, 92128
CA, US
Agent
Jerry R Seiler
IPC
A61B 17/36
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