Minimally Invasive Lateral Fusion: Things You Need to Know

spine-xrayOver the past few years, minimally invasive back and neck surgery has become increasingly popular.

While there are many procedures to consider – all with the help of your surgeon – Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion, also known as minimally invasive lateral fusion, is one of the best.

We discuss the benefits of minimally invasive lateral fusion on our website, noting the following;

“This approach to spinal fusion allows access to the affected spinal region while potentially minimizing the dangers associated with open back surgery. XLIF involves accessing parts of the spine through muscles on the left or ride side of the body, in order to reduce soft tissue damage and blood loss. Depending on the location of the damaged or injured vertebrae, interbody fusion requires the physician to gain clear access to the spine and therefore he may take several different approaches to accomplish this.”

There are three types of interbody fusion, including:

·      Tranforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

·      Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)

·      Anterior Lumbar Interior Fusion (ALIF)

Which Procedure is Best?

There’s no way of knowing which approach is best until you consult with an experienced surgeon. Your medical team will consider a variety of factors, such as:

·      Your current condition

·      The location of your condition within the spinal column

·      Current level of pain and discomfort

The primary benefit of minimally invasive lateral fusion, as compared to other interbody fusion techniques, is the ability for the patient to more quickly regain full mobility. For example, most patients are able to walk the same day as surgery, which can’t be said for other procedures.

If you have reason to believe that minimally invasive lateral fusion could help you, don’t hesitate to contact us.