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Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)

Those patients with certain issues affecting the lumbar spine or lower back are great candidates for XLIF. Some of the common conditions that can be addressed using XLIF are:
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Scoliosis
  • Other issues affecting the Lumbar Spine.

The XLIF is one of a number of spinal fusion options that a surgeon may recommend to treat specific types of lumbar spinal disorders, it is a similar procedure to ALIF, or PLIF, simply using a different approach. There are a number of reasons why your surgeon would choose to use a lateral (from the side) approach, as opposed to an anterior or posterior. Generally, it would be because the damaged disc, in need of replacement, is easier to reach through a lateral incision, therefore making for a far more efficient procedure, with less likelihood for complications.