If you’ve suffered from back pain for most of your life, an extreme lateral interbody fusion procedure can help you reclaim a more comfortable quality of life. Chronic back pain is often caused by spinal discs or other spinal abnormalities. General wear and tear of the spinal disc over the years can cause compromise resulting in moderate to severe chronic pain. If you’re interested in an extreme lateral interbody fusion procedure and how you may benefit, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Subach Spinal Solutions. Dr. Subach is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding this procedure and help you determine if it may be the right choice for you.
What is Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
Extreme lateral interbody fusion, often shortened to just XLIF, is a minimally invasive procedure that aims to help reduce long-term back pain and spinal disorders. Unlike traditional surgical procedures that take place in the spine, the incision is made on the side rather than the back or front. This offers a number of different advantages such as shorter surgery time, less scarring, less blood loss, less pain after the procedure and a shorter hospital stay. With all these factors combined, your surgery will also require less recovery time before you can get back to your daily routine.
The procedure involves working around the spinal column. Patients will be positioned on their side and Dr. Subach will locate the problematic disc using an x-ray. A small incision is made towards the back in order to help guide the instruments towards the spine. A second cut is made on the side where the instruments are inserted in order to operate on the spine. The spinal disc is removed and an implant is configured in its place. The implant is filled with bone graft in order to successfully fuse the vertebrae and another x-ray is used to ensure the implant is secured and placed correctly. Depending on your circumstances, additional steps may be taken such as using plates or rods to stabilize the spine. Everyone gets additional supporting instrumentation.
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Thanks to the advances in spinal solutions, chronic back pain can become something of the past. At Subach Spinal Solutions, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive care to our patients in order to both discover the cause of your back pain and find the proper solution to help you live life with greater comfort. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.