XLIF® Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Top Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia Orthopedic Surgeons Specializing in XLIF® Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Unlike traditional back surgery, XLIF® is performed through the patient's side. By entering this way, major muscles of the back are avoided. This minimally-invasive procedure is generally used to treat leg or back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. It can be performed on an outpatient basis.
What is XLIF® Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion?
This detailed video explains the entire process of XLIF® Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion, including accessing the spine, avoiding nerves, inserting dilation tubes, disc removal, and implant insertion. After the procedure, the morselized bone graft will grow through andaround the implant, forming a bone bridge thatconnects the vertebral bodies above and below. This solid bone bridge is called a fusion.