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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.

Review Date 9/7/2017

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