Lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF) is a minimally-invasive surgical technique used to treat leg or back pain caused by certain spinal conditions. The procedure is performed through the patient’s side and allows the surgeon to avoid the major muscles of the back.
This procedure uses x-rays and other surgical instruments to make precise incisions, avoiding major muscles and nerves for a better outcome compared to older, more invasive procedures.
XLIF most commonly treats
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Scoliosis and deformity
- Some recurrent lumbar disc herniations
- Certian types of lumbar stenosis
- minimal tissue damage and blood loss
- small and sometimes unnoticable incisions
- faster recovery time
- less pain post surgery
Just like with any type of spinal fusion surgery, the recovery story for an XLIF procedure differs from patient to patient. Traditional methods of surgery require cutting into major muscles in the back, causing pain and discomfort post-surgery as well as limited movement. With XLIF, many patients have been able to walk around the next night and return to normal activities within just a few months.
Our team of professionals at the GHNC are ready to help you begin your journey to health and recovery. Call us today to schedule a consultation to discuss if the XLIF method should be part of your treatment.