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Spinal fusion - series—Incision

Incision

Overview

Different incisions are made depending on the area to be treated. The approach can be made either from the front (anterior), from the back (posterior), or both.

Update Date 9/8/2014

Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team