Herniated L4-5 Lumbar Disc with Anterior Discectomy and Interbody Fusion Surgery - Medical Illustration, Human Anatomy Drawing
This exhibit features multiple surgical steps of a herniated L4-5 lumbar disc with anterior discectomy.
Specifically shown in this case are five surgical steps detailing the following:
A-A longitudinal incision is made into the anterior abdomen just inferior to the umbilicus.
B-The incision is deepened exposing the anterior L4-5 disc space.
C-A flap-based window is made in L4-5 and the herniated disc material removed to decompress the neural elements.
D-The vertebral endplates are removed with a high speed drill and the disc space sized for cage placement.
E-A BAK fusion cage is packed with allograft (donor bone) and inserted between the vertebral at L4-5.