The extreme lateral interbody fusion, or XLIF procedure, is a minimally invasive surgical technique that is clinically-proven for its safety and reproducibility, notes NuVasive. This procedure is generally recommended for spinal disorder patients who exhibited poor response to prior treatment.
Published medical literature indicates that lateral access to the spine is a safe means of treating spinal conditions, particularly lumbar spinal disorders such as degenerative scoliosis, recurring disc herniation and posterior pseudoarthrosis. The XLIF procedure uses X-ray imaging and nerve monitoring to properly and safely guide the surgical instruments to prevent neural damage, states the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.
Compared to traditional invasive techniques for lumbar interbody fusion, patients who undergo XLIF generally experience favorable results. These include reduced blood loss and scarring, minimized post-surgical discomfort and shortened hospitalization following the operation.