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.
Typically 1-3 nights in the hospital.
Incisions are typically 1 inch long.
This procedure will cause minimal blood loss with limited tissue disruption.
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.
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.