The MIS Lateral lumbar interbody fusion or so-called eXtreme Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion, known as XLIF®, is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that enables our skilled surgeon to perform the surgery through a small incision on the patient’s side. This advanced procedure treats a variety of lumbar (lower back) spinal conditions, including degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis and certain types of disc herniations. Oftentimes, damaged discs can press onto nearby nerve roots, causing intense, debilitating pain. Depending on the outcome of your consultation with our physicians, MIS-LLIF may be an option.
Some of the benefits associated with an MIS Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion include:
This minimally invasive treatment is performed by our expert surgeons and involves two small incisions made along the patient’s side. The rest of the MIS- LLIF procedure generally follows these steps:
The state-of-the-art MIS-LLIF procedure typically results in less blood loss, less muscle and tissue damage, less scarring and minimal post-operative pain. Because this is considered a minimally invasive procedure, patients experience significantly quicker recovery periods and generally return to their daily lives, work and activities much sooner.