Surgical TechniqueFar Lateral/Extraforaminal Approaches for Microdiscectomy and Foraminal Decompression in the Lumbar SpineBoody, Barrett S. MD; Sasso, Rick C. MD; Smucker, Joseph D. MDAuthor Information Indiana Spine Group, Carmel, IN B.S.B.: Consultancy with Innovative Surgical Designs and Nexus Spine. J.D.S.: Consultancy with Medtronic. R.C.S.: Royalties with Medtronic. Reprints: Barrett Boody, MD, 13225 N Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032 (e-mail: [email protected]). Clinical Spine Surgery: August 2021 - Volume 34 - Issue 7 - p 241-246 doi: 10.1097/BSD.0000000000001035 Buy SDC Metrics Abstract Far lateral approaches to the lumbar spine are uncommon procedures but are essential techniques for spine surgeons to understand and master for the treatment of extraforaminal disk herniations and foraminal stenosis. We present our preferred approaches for open and minimally invasive techniques to perform extraforaminal decompressions and/or discectomies in the lumbar spine. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.