What Is XLIF®?

An XLIF® is a procedure to fuse vertebrae in the lumbar spine together. Sometimes, the best way to fuse lumbar vertebrae together is from a lateral approach. The patient is placed onto his or her side, and a small incision is made directly over the side of the spine.

Dr. Bjerke performs a minimally invasive approach, sparing abdominal muscles and using neuromonitoring to ensure that nerves are protected throughout surgery. X-rays are used to guide a cage into the intervertebral disc space.

Often, an additional minimally invasive operation is needed in the back to stabilize the vertebrae together or remove bone and sometimes decompress the spinal canal.

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