Surgical Exposure/Anatomy of the Lateral Lumbar Spine and Plexus

Seth B. Hayes, Allan D. Levi

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The lumbar plexus, origin and course of peripheral nerves, and anterolateral lumbar spinal column are all located within the lateral retroperitoneal space. In order for one to safely access these structures surgically, not only must the anatomy of the spine and neural elements be mastered, but an understanding of the lateral abdominal wall, retroperitoneal space and contents, and their relationships are essential. In an attempt to minimize tissue destruction and improve outcomes, less invasive surgical approaches have been described that take advantage of this surgical corridor. This chapter includes a clinically focused anatomical review and description of traditional and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPain, Treatment, Injury, Disease and Future Directions
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780128026953
ISBN (Print)9780128026533
StatePublished - Apr 23 2015


  • Lateral lumbar spine
  • Lateral retroperitoneal
  • Lumbar plexus
  • Minimally invasive
  • Transpsoas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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