If you are dealing with the constant pain from degenerative disc disease, but worry about the impact of major surgery, then the XLIF® Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion surgical procedure might the perfect option for you. Find the solution to a better and pain-free tomorrow by visiting our New York area medical facility and meeting our award-winning team of doctors today.
Degenerative disc disease can greatly affect your quality of life, due to the chronic pain it causes. Many healthy active people are shocked to find out that their back pain is due to this issue. This wearing away of spinal disc material can be due to small injuries or even natural wear and tear of the body.
Once the weakening of the disc progresses enough, it can collapse and pinch spinal nerves. This pinching of the nerves is what causes the sustained discomfort, numbness and weakness many people experience. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, come in for a consultation and see how we can help. Our fellowship-trained doctors pride themselves on getting the best outcomes for our patients.
XLIF® Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion is an innovative lower back surgery that uses smaller incisions than more traditional spinal surgery. These two incisions are located on the side of the patient and not directly above or around the spinal column. This technique allows our world-class spine surgeons to access the damaged disc while avoiding damaging major back muscles.
In order to access the spine, a probe and a fluoroscopic X-ray machine are used to find and avoid any nerves, as well as locate the correct disc that needs to be removed. Dilation tubes and a retractor are then inserted in order to give your neurosurgeon a channel to the spine. From this channel, the damaged disc can be removed and an implant with bone graft can be inserted into the empty disc space.
This bone graft implant realigns the spinal bones in conjunction with lifting pressure from any pinched nerves. Eventually, the bone graft material will grow out and around the implant and fuse the vertebrae together. This will ensure continual relief from your lower back pain.
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