Procedures

Minimally Invasive XLIF

Minimally Invasive XLIF

A minimally invasive XLIF is a fusion procedure done through very small incisions in the side as opposed to through an incision in the front or back.  There are no sutures to remove.  The removal of the disc is done through minimally invasive retractors are inserted through a small incision in the side.  The disc is then carefully removed and a spacer block with bone graft is placed into the disc space.  The two vertebrae will grow into the bone graft to create the fusion of the two bones.

This procedure is minimally invasive and is sutureless.

Minimally Invasive XLIF
Hospital Stay

Hospital Stay

Overnight

Typically 1-3 nights in the hospital.

Surgery Type

Surgery Type

Minimally Invasive

Incisions are typically 1 inch long.

Blood Loss

Blood Loss

Minimal

This procedure will cause minimal blood loss with limited tissue disruption.

Recovery Time

Recovery Time

Hours to weeks

Up and walking hours after surgery. Return to work approximately 4 weeks after surgery. No twisting, bending or heavy lifting for 3 months after the surgery.

Surgery Time

Surgery Time

Minutes

The procedure is approximately 60 – 90 minutes.

Not all patients and procedures are the same. The above is an example of what the typical patient can expect from some minimally invasive procedures.

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