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Lateral Access Orthopedic Surgery

Lateral Access Orthopedic Surgery

Lateral access spine surgery is a technique used by the Central Texas Spine Institute in Austin to address various spinal conditions. This minimally invasive approach offers numerous benefits and is suitable for patients who require surgical intervention for spinal issues. Our spine specialists are well-versed in this technique and strive to provide optimal care and outcomes for our patients

New advances in orthopedic surgery have made it possible to spare patients much of the trauma caused by older methods. Central Texas Spine Institute is dedicated to saving our patients from unnecessary pain and prolonged recovery times. Today, minimally invasive spine surgery is possible with cutting edge tools and technologies that make it possible to perform procedures such as artificial disc replacement without causing extensive damage to muscle tissue, ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves.

About The Procedure

For a disc replacement or spinal fusion of the lumbar region, the orthopedic doctor makes an incision slightly larger than one inch in the patient’s side, which constitutes the “lateral” aspect of this procedure. Through this small opening, access to the affected vertebrae can be gained with the use of special tools. One of them is a pair of specially-designed dilators that can separate the vertebrae and allow the placement of a spacer, all while monitoring electrical nerve activity throughout the procedure. The result is reduced blood loss, tissue damage, and risk of complication. Patients are often able to walk in a matter of hours.

Benefits of Lateral Access Spine Surgery


Reduced Tissue Damage

One of the key benefits of lateral access spine surgery is reduced tissue damage. By avoiding the need to detach and reattach back muscles, this specialized spine surgery minimizes tissue trauma and leads to faster recovery times. Additionally, it reduces the risk of complications commonly associated with traditional spine surgeries, such as infection and excessive bleeding.


Preserves Spine Stability

Another advantage of lateral access spine surgery is the preservation of spinal stability. This spine treatment allows for direct visualization and access to the affected area, enabling our spine specialists to address spinal conditions while maintaining stability and alignment. This is particularly beneficial in cases where spinal fusion or stabilization is required.


Provides Relief From Spinal Conditions

Moreover, lateral access spine surgery can provide relief from various spinal conditions, including degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, and deformities, such as scoliosis. This spine treatment allows for the removal of damaged or diseased tissue and the placement of implants or bone grafts to restore spinal stability and function.


Ideal Candidates for Lateral Access Spine Surgery

Ideal candidates for lateral access spine surgery are individuals who have not found relief from conservative spine treatments, such as medication and physical therapy, and require surgical intervention. They may have symptoms such as chronic back or leg pain, difficulty walking or standing, numbness, weakness, or impaired mobility.

Individuals with spinal conditions such as degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, or spinal deformities may be suitable candidates for lateral access spine surgery. However, each patient's eligibility will be determined through a comprehensive evaluation by the spine specialists at the Central Texas Spine Institute in Austin.

How We Can Help

Years of Experience

The spine specialists at the Central Texas Spine Institute in Austin are highly skilled and experienced in performing lateral access spine surgery. We utilize advanced imaging technologies, such as MRI and X-ray, to accurately diagnose the underlying spinal condition and determine the most appropriate spine treatment plan.

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Personalized Spine Treatment Plan

Furthermore, our institute's spine specialists work closely with each patient to develop a personalized spine treatment approach. Our spine surgeons and specialists take into consideration the patient's medical history, symptoms, lifestyle, and goals to create a comprehensive spine treatment plan that aligns with their unique needs.

Continuous Care & Support

Throughout the entire spine surgical process, the spine specialists at the Central Texas Spine Institute provide continuous care and support to our patients. From pre-operative consultations to post-operative follow-ups, our team ensures that patients are well-informed, comfortable, and confident about their spine treatment journey.

Mastery Is A Must

Lateral access spine surgery can be used to treat degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, and other spine issues that result in lower back and leg pain. However, for the best result possible you must choose an orthopedic doctor who is a master of the technique. That’s why people from all over travel to Austin seeking the help of Dr. Randall F. Dryer and Central Texas Spine Institute. Contact us to learn more about our minimally invasive orthopedic surgery methods.


Lateral access spine surgery offered by the Central Texas Spine Institute in Austin is a minimally invasive and effective technique for addressing various spinal conditions. With benefits such as reduced tissue damage, spinal stability preservation, and relief from spinal conditions, this spine treatment provides an excellent alternative to traditional spine surgeries. Ideal candidates for lateral access spine surgery should consult with the spine specialists at the institute for a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment plan. With our expertise and commitment to patient-centered care, our spine clinic aims to provide optimal outcomes and improve the quality of life for individuals suffering from spinal issues. Schedule a free consultation today!