Lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF)

Lateral lumbar interbody fusion is a spinal fusion surgery used to treat certain severe spine conditions. The purpose of an open lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF) is to decompress an impacted nerve in the spinal canal. This nerve can be impacted by several spine conditions, including herniated disc, bulging disc and many other degenerative conditions.

If you have been recommended to undergo a lumbar spinal fusion, you should research the different types of lumbar fusion procedures available to you. While traditional open back fusion is the most commonly referred to type of lumbar fusion, Laser Spine Institute offers a safer, more effective alternative to traditional open back surgery with our minimally invasive stabilization surgery.

Advantages of Laser Spine Institute's minimally invasive spine surgery:

  • No lengthy recovery^
  • Patient satisfaction score of 96^
  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • Less than 1-inch incision
  • Outpatient procedure
  • 97 out of 100 patient recommendation rate^

As you continue to research the types of lumbar fusion surgery available to you, we encourage you to read our informational articles and reach out to our Care Team for more information. We are here to guide you through your journey to wellness.

Process of a lateral lumbar interbody fusion procedure

A minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion begins with a surgeon making a small incision, about 1-inch in length, along the side of the body. Since most people assume the incision is made in the back, the idea that the incision is made in the side of the body may seem strange. The reason for this is simple, however. By making a small incision in the side, our surgeon is able to move through the muscles in the body to reach the spine without having to cut through or disturb the muscles. This means that our patients will have a shorter recovery time§ and less risk during the procedure. Once the spine is accessed, the diseased disc or vertebrae is removed from the spine and an implant is inserted into the now-empty space in the spine to offer immediate stabilization.

For more information about the minimally invasive stabilization surgeries we offer at Laser Spine Institute, please contact our Care Team. Let us help you find the best treatment option to relieve your pain so you can get back to the activities you love.