Dr. Radcliff uses the XLIF (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) procedure to treat a number of spinal conditions, including:
By definition, the XLIF procedure is a minimally invasive type of spine surgery, which means that there is a smaller incision made. And a smaller incision means:
During the minimally invasive XLIF procedure, Dr. Radcliff will access the disc space using a surgical approach from the side (lateral) through an incision just above the hip bone rather than from the front or back. He then places a bone graft spacer or implant between the two vertebrae to restore height and relieve nerve pinching. As your body begins to heal, new bone grows around the graft or implant, fusing the two vertebrae into one solid piece of bone.
As with any surgery, recovery for XLIF will depend on the patient. However, most patients can expect the following:
Total recovery time is relatively short. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a few weeks or months after surgery. You will spend one to three nights in the hospital following surgery, depending on your medical condition and the extent of the surgery.