What is an Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIF)?
The Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIF or XLIF) technique is a minimally disruptive surgical procedure performed through the side of the body.
It is designed to treat a range of spinal pathologies. Using nerve monitoring technology, DR. Rezaiamiri gains lateral (side) access to the spinal column, avoiding any major nerves in the area between the incision and the column.
The LLIF procedure does not require an anterior (front) or posterior (back) exposure, and thereby does not present the same risks of vascular and/or neural injury as traditional approaches.
Can an LLIF be right for me?
If you require spinal surgery, Dr Rezaiamiri may determine that the LLIF procedure is a good option for you. Some examples of pathologies (conditions) that may benefit from the LLIF procedure include:
- Degenerated discs and/or facet joints that cause unnatural motion and pain
- Anterior slippage of one vertebra over another (degenerative spondylolisthesis)
- Change in the normal curvature of the spine (degenerative scoliosis)
Conversely, Dr. Rezaiamiri may determine that an LLIF procedure is not a good option for you. It is important to discuss this with Dr. Rezaiamiri in order to determine the best course of treatment for you.