Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 161, Issue 6, pp 1079–1083 | Cite as

How I do it? Oblique lumbar interbody fusion at L5S1(OLIF51)

  • Jin-Sung KimEmail author
  • Sagar B. Sharma
How I Do it - Spine degenerative
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  1. Spine degenerative



OLIF51 retains the advantages of traditional ALIF procedure with good fusion rates and improvement in radiographic parameters and reduces its drawbacks. It has the added advantage of being a minimal access technique.


Preoperative analysis of the vascular anatomy using CT angiography is mandatory. OLIF51 is done in right lateral position using specialized retractor blades and Thompson retractor system. The procedure is similar to OLIF at other levels except for the differences described here. The instruments are specialized for OLIF at L5S1.


OLIF51 provides an excellent alternative to traditional ALIF.


OLIF Oblique lumbar interbody fusion OLIF51 Ante-psoas approach ALIF Lumbar interbody fusion Minimal invasive spine Spondylolisthesis Spinal stenosis Degenerative spine 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee (name of institute/committee) and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Supplementary material

Video: A description of the technique is provided in the video (WMV 34819 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryThe Catholic University of Korea, Seoul St. Mary’s HospitalSeoulSouth Korea

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