Relevant Surgical Anatomy of the Lateral and Anterior Lumbar Spine

Angela M. Richardon, Glen Manzano, Allan D. Levi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Anterior and lateral approaches to the lumbar spine are performed with increasing frequency and for a wider range of indications. To avoid complications and maximize patient outcomes, a clear understanding of the anatomy encountered during these approaches is necessary. Here we consider the bony, vascular, and neural anatomy most pertinent to the anterior and lateral transpsoas approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLumbar Interbody Fusions
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780323476638
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Anterior approach
  • Aorta
  • Genitourinary
  • Inferior vena cava
  • Lateral approach
  • Lumbar anatomy
  • Lumbosacral plexus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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