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eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)

About eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)

XLIF is a fairly new minimally invasive spinal fusion procedure. Instead of an incision that cuts the abdomen and back muscles, XLIF involves a small incision on the patient's side. Special equipment is used to monitor how close the surgeon's tools are to the spinal nerves.

XLIF can offer patients:

  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery period

To be eligible for XLIF, patients' vertebra in the spine must be easily reached from the side of the body.