Unlike traditional open scoliosis surgery, the minimally invasive extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) is performed through a small incision, allowing the surgeon to complete the operation without causing undue trauma to the spine or surrounding spinal elements. Unlike the direct anterior procedure, the abdominal organs and blood vessels do not need to be manipulated in order to perform this procedure.
Other advantages of choosing our minimally invasive XLIF include:
- Reduced risk of infection and complication
- Minimal blood loss
- Shorter or no hospital stay
- Shorter overall recovery
- Minimal scarring
- Small incisions
What is our minimally invasive extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF)?
The surgeon begins by making one small incision in the patient’s side. A probe is inserted through the incision, and the surgeon uses a combination of 3D X-ray imaging and live nerve monitoring to safely guide the probe to the proper position. Once the probe is in place, a series of dilating tubes are slid along the probe, followed by a retractor, which is used to move aside muscle tissue and create a working channel for the surgeon to reach the spine. The surgeon uses the working channel to remove the damaged disc.
Once the damaged disc has been removed, the surgeon realigns the vertebrae by inserting a bone graft-filled implant into the space where the disc was removed. Replacing the damaged disc also relieves pressure from nerve roots around the disc to provide the patient with pain relief. After the minimally invasive XLIF, in time, the bone graft will grow in and around the implant, forming a solid bone bridge or fusion between the adjacent vertebrae.
Patients are walking the day of surgery and many patients can return home the same day as their lateral interbody fusion. Non-intense physical activities can be resumed as soon as the patient feels comfortable. Patients can resume a full range of physical activities as early as six weeks after surgery.
Common spine conditions treated by our minimally invasive extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF)?
There are a number of common conditions treated by our minimally invasive extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF). These include:
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
If you are suffering from these or similar conditions, you may be a candidate for our minimally invasive extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF).
Common symptoms relieved by our minimally invasive extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF)?
At Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, it is our goal to treat each patient’s underlying pain, rather than simply addressing their diagnosable conditions. We believe that living with debilitating pain can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life, which is why we have made it our mission to help offer relief. Symptoms commonly treated by our minimally invasive extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) include:
- Trouble standing or walking for extended amounts of time
- Isolated pain in the lower back
- Burning or inability to feel extremities
- Trouble moving freely
- Radiating pain
- Curvature causing pain
- Nerve pain such as tingling, numbness or weakness