LATERAL LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (XLIF)
Gain stability and relieve lower back pain with less post-op pain.
WHAT IS LATERAL LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (XLIF)?
The lateral lumbar interbody fusion is a minimally invasive procedure where the surgeon approaches the spinal fusion from a patient’s side (lateral) instead of from the front or back. An interbody fusion involves removing the intervertebral disc in the lumbar spine followed by implanting a metal, plastic, or bone spacer between the two adjoining vertebrae to stabilize the spine and alleviate lower back pain. The minimally invasive approach gives the patient the benefit of short surgery times, faster recovery, and less postoperative pain.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT LATERAL LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (XLIF):
- Lateral – surgeon approaches from the side of the patients body
- Lateral approach means less damage to midline back muscles
- Minimally invasive procedure with faster expected recovery time
- XLIF stands for eXtreme Lumbar Interbody Fusion
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED BY LATERAL LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (XLIF):
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs
- Spinal deformity or instability
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR LATERAL LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (XLIF)?
If you have symptoms that have not improved with physical therapy or other forms of conservative care and positive diagnostic results, you may be a candidate for this procedure.