If you require spinal surgery, your physician may determine that the XLIF procedure is a good option for you. Some examples of pathologies (conditions) that may be ideal for the XLIF procedure include:
- Degenerated discs and/or facet joints that cause unnatural motion and pain
- Slippage of one vertebra over another
(Degenerative spondylolisthesis secondary to advanced degenerative disc disease)
- Change in the normal curvature of the spine
(Degenerative scoliosis secondary to advanced degenerative disc disease)
Conversely, your physician may determine that an XLIF procedure is not a good option for you. It is important to discuss this with your physician in order to determine the best course of treatment for you.
Are there risks involved?
Keep in mind that all surgery presents risks and complications that are important to discuss with your surgeon prior to your surgery. Listening to your physician’s guidance, both before and after surgery, will help to ensure the best possible outcome from your procedure.
Potential risks following XLIF surgery include: problems with anesthesia, infection, nerve damage, problems with the graft or hardware, and ongoing pain. This is not intended to be a complete list of the possible complications. Please contact your physician to discuss all potential risks.
What are the potential benefits of having an XLIF procedure?
- Reduced operative time
- Less blood loss during surgery
- Reduced hospital stay
- Reduced postoperative recovery time
- Implants designed for maximum stability of the spine
- Smaller incision
*Weighted average results from a systematic literature review of 14 peer-reviewed, published articles and 1,575 patients treated with XLIF for degenerative (non-deformity) lumbar conditions. Data on file.
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The above data represents typical outcomes of patients being treated for degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, and scoliosis.