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L5-S1 Anterior Discectomy and BAK Spinal Fusion Surgery
This medical illustration series shows lumbar spine surgery at L5-S1 with an anterior discectomy (diskectomy) and BAK fusion. The drawing on the left pictures intense lower back pain radiating down the left leg from a disc herniation causing spinal nerve impingement in the lower back. The images on the right depicted the surgical steps showing the removal of the herniated disc material followed by spinal fusion grafts placed within the intervertebral space.