Minimally invasive XLIF, or lateral lumbar interbody stabilization, is a procedure used to treat patients with refractory low back and radicular pain. In performing minimally invasive XLIF, the spine surgeon can extract and replace the damaged disc laterally, or through the patient’s side. Minimally invasive XLIF is performed laterally as it necessitates a much smaller incision and allows your spine surgeon to avoid the disruption of any major muscles of the back.
Your spine surgeon may recommend this advanced procedure if you are suffering from low back and radicular pain (pain radiating down into the legs) caused by compression of the nerve roots in the lumbar spine.
Through appointments, consultations, and open dialogue reviewing any potential risk factors and medical history, including age and overall health, your spine surgeon will carefully examine and evaluate your individual needs and condition and work with you to determine whether minimally invasive XLIF is right for you.
To schedule an appointment with one of our Spine Center surgeons or for more information on minimally invasive XLIF, call (918) 494-AOOK (2665) or click on the Appointment Request button.