Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)

In an extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) procedure, the spine is approached from the side of the body. The patient is positioned on the surgical table on his side. Two small incisions are made: one directly over the side of the waist (through which most of the procedure is performed), and the other slightly behind the first, toward the back muscles (through which the surgeon’s finger safely guides the approach).The XLIF approach does not require dissection or retraction of the sensitive back muscles, bones, ligaments, or nerves and allows for more complete disc removal and implant insertion as compared with traditional posterior procedures. Nor does lateral access require the delicate abdominal organe exposure or present the same risk of vascular injury as traditional anterior approaches. As a result, operating time is often reduced, patient blood loss is minimized, and recovery time is significantly shorter.To learn more about this XLIF procedure, contact us.