In an eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) procedure, the spine is approached from the side of the body. The patient is positioned on the surgical table on your side and two small incisions would be made: one directly over the side of your waist (through which most of the procedure is performed), and the other slightly behind the first, towards the back muscles (through which the surgeon's finger safely guides the approach).

Additional information on XLIF Procedure:

Anatomy of the Spine
Interbody Fusion Overview
XLIF Advantages/Disadvantages
XLIF Indications/Contraindications
What to Expect Before XLIF Surgery
IXLIF Surgical Procedure
What to Expect After XLIF Surgery


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