A number of conditions that affect the lower spine can often lead to chronic pain, spinal instability, mobility problems, and even nerve damage in some cases, depending on the patient and the extent of the injury.
What is XLIF Surgery?
XLIF surgery (Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion/Lumbar Spinal Fusion) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to correct a number of lower (lumbar) back conditions, such as:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
Orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Sanjay Khurana specializes in XLIF surgery for chronic lumbar back pain. XLIF is a spinal fusion procedure that works by removing the injured disc and replacing it with an artificial implant, which eventually heals together with the surrounding vertebrae into one solid piece of bone, to eliminate free movement in the intervertebral space that can lead to pain and spinal instability.
Benefits of Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery
Minimally invasive spine surgery can hold significant advantages over traditional open back surgery. The use of smaller incisions is a key feature that distinguishes the procedure. Among the main benefits of XLIF surgery are:
- Less blood loss and potential tissue damage
- Less scarring
- Less potential for pain and side effects
- Generally shorter hospital stays
- Faster healing and recovery time
The overall outcome and results of the procedure will vary from patient to patient, but patients that undergo successful XLIF surgery generally experience an appreciable reduction in pain and symptoms shortly after surgery. Most patients, depending on overall health and physical condition, can expect to be up and walking about the day after the procedure, and some form of physical therapy and strengthening exercises for the back and supporting muscles are usually part of the recovery process. The duration of the recovery process can range from several weeks to a few months, depending on the patient.
Contact a minimally invasive spine surgery expert in Los Angeles today!
If you are suffering from chronic back pain resulting from a spine injury or injured disc, contact the Los Angeles Spine Group today at 310.321.4333 to learn more about XLIF surgery and to schedule an appointment.
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