What is XLIF – Lateral Access Surgery?
The (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) procedure is a minimally disruptive surgical technique in which the surgeon approaches the spine from the side of the patient’s body, rather than the front or back as in traditional spine surgeries. This side (lateral) approach can reduce the risk of injury to muscles, nerves, and blood vessels.
The XLIF technique can provide relief to patients who cannot tolerate traditional open back surgery due to increased risks of longer anaesthesia time, greater blood loss, longer hospitalisation, and slower recovery.
XLIF surgery is a less disruptive alternative for patients who have lived with back or leg pain through years of various failed treatments, including steroid injections, physical therapy, and pain medication.