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Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)

The eXtreme Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion, known as XLIF, is an insignificantly invasive out-patient procedure that empowers our talented specialist to perform the surgery through two small cuts on the patient’s side. This advanced procedure treats a variety of lumbar (lower back)  spinal conditions, including degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, sondylolisthesis and certain sorts of circle herniations. Oftentimes, damaged circles can press onto nearby nerve roots, bringing about intense, incapacitating pain. Depending on the result of your consultation with our physicians, XLIF may be an alternative.

Benefits connected with a XLIF Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion include:

  • Minimally invasive procedure performed through the patient’s side, permitting surgeons simple access to the affected area and the capacity to avoid major back muscles.
  • Reduced blood loss and faster healing, due to tiny incisions and less injury to surrounding areas throughout the surgical procedure.
  • Shortened recovery times that generally allow the patient to return to their daily life, work and activities much sooner than with traditional open surgery.

Our Treatment Approach

We utilize a minimally invasive treatment that involves two tiny incisions made along the patient’s side. Whatever is left of the XLIF method generally takes after these steps:

  • A probe is carefully inserted into the first incision while the second incision is utilized to help guide the uniquely planned surgical tools. The test is used to stimulate and detect nerves along the side of the spine, permitting the surgeon to completely keep away from them. This leaves nerves undamaged as the specialist locates the harmed plate.
  • Dilation tubes are guided between muscle strands, preserving tissue rather than cutting it, and a retractor device is used to gently push muscle tissue to the side and give our specialist clear access to the spine.
  • The damaged circle is evacuated and an implant filled with bone graft material is embedded into the void disc space. The bone unions will in the long run become through and around the implant, forming a bone bridge and intertwining to the vertebrae.
  • The sought result is a successful spinal fusion, with realigned vertebral bones and removal of the harmed or diseased circle. This relieves pain and alleviates weight on the nerve roots.

The state-of-the-art XLIF procedure commonly comes about in less blood misfortune, less muscle and tissue damage, less scarring and minimal post-operative pain. Because this is considered a minimally intrusive procedure, patients experience significantly snappier recovery periods and generally return to their daily lives, work and activities much sooner.

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Pain presents itself in many different ways, at different times and in many cases is triggered by specific activities. Minimally Invasive Spine AZ will be happy to answer your questions in conjunction with a personal phone call follow up with one of our doctors. Please answer the questions as accurately as possible.

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Bulging Disc

A bulging disc is quite common, and usually remains undetected until the disc bulge comes in contact with adjacent nerves leading to pain and other symptoms.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is not truly a disease, but more of a chain of events that naturally occur as we age. There is no avoiding degenerative disc disease, but you may slow its progress.

Disc Tear

As the outer shell of your disc begins to toughen or dry up, a painful crack or tear could happen. Learn what a disc tear is, and how you can recover from it.

Failed Back & Neck Surgery

There are many reasons why back or neck surgery may provide lackluster results. Bad diagnosis, unskilled surgeon, or improper healing; which is it?

Facet Joint Syndrome

Facet Joint Syndrome refers to the degeneration of the arthritic changes that occur in your facet joints. Age and daily wear and tear are the most common culprits.

Foraminal Stenosis

Foraminal Stenosis describes the narrowing of the foramen. As the foramen narrows, exiting nerves can become compressed causing pain and other symptoms.

Free Pain Quiz

Pain presents itself in many different ways, at different times and in many cases is triggered by specific activities. We will be happy to answer your questions in conjunction with a personal phone call follow up with one of our doctors.

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