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J Korean Neurosurg Soc. 2013 Oct;54(4):366-369. English. Original Article.
Park MK , Kim KT , Cho DC , Sung JK .
Department of Neurosurgery, Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu, Korea.

Lumbar microdiscectomy (MD) is the gold standard for treatment of lumbar disc herniation. Generally, the surgeon attempts to protect the facet joint in hopes of avoiding postoperative pain/instability and secondary degenerative arthropathy. We believe that preserving the facet joint is especially important in young patients, owing to their life expectancy and activity. However, preserving the facet joint is not easy during lumbar MD. We propose several technical tips (superolateral extension of conventional laminotomy, oblique drilling for laminotomy, and additional foraminotomy) for facet joint preservation during lumbar MD.

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