The human spine is made up of an intricate network of vertebrae (small bones) and discs (gel- like “cushions”) in between each set of vertebrae that help to provide shock absorption and stability to the vertebrae and spinal column as a whole. When a disc becomes damaged either by an injury or as the result of wear and tear over time, it can lose its effectiveness and cause the vertebrae to shift and move in the vertebral space. This can cause pain, and potentially compress (apply pressure to) surrounding tissue and nerves.
Board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Sanjay Khurana and his team of spinal fusion experts at the Los Angeles Spine Group offer advanced, minimally invasive spinal fusion treatment for adult and pediatric patients suffering from chronic lower back pain and spinal injuries and conditions, like scoliosis and degenerative disc disease.
Spinal Fusion Treatment
The procedure works similarly to how the body naturally heals and regrows broken bones. Using a combination of materials including bone from the patient or a donor, and artificial implants, such as metal plates, rods, and screws, Dr. Khurana implants a graft in the vertebral space to help join and stabilize the two vertebrae, and prevent movement in the vertebral space.
Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion Surgery at Los Angeles Spine Group
Dr. Khurana is an award-winning, nationally acclaimed thought leader and expert in minimally invasive spinal fusion procedures.
XLIF Procedure (also known as Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion/Lumbar Spinal Fusion) is performed by Dr. Khurana and his team to help patients suffering from:
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Herniated Disc
- Lumbar (lower back/spine) stenosis
ALIF Surgery (Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgery)
Like XLIF, ALIF is a minimally invasive procedure used to fuse vertebrae affected by degenerative disc disease or injury.
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