Extreme Lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF) in Dallas

Dr. Shah, Dr. Patel, and Dr. Happ at Texas Spine Associates utilize the innovative eXtreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) as a minimally invasive surgical procedure that relieve pain from spinal instability by fusing vertebrae through incisions in the side of the patient’s body.

What Is Extreme Lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF)?

The minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF) allows the spine surgeon to approach the spinal fusion from a patient’s side (lateral) instead of from the front (anterior) or back (posterior), thereby avoiding disruption of the major back muscles and the associated risks of an anterior exposure

What happens during Extreme Lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF)?

An incision is made in lateral/flank region. The location of incision based upon radiographic guidance. A minimally invasive dissection is then performed to guide the dilator and retractors to the spine. A variety of innovative technology is used to guide the retractors to spine safely. Once visualized and confirmed with intraoperative X-Ray, the damaged disc material is removed.  A spacer is then placed between the vertebrae to maintain alignment, provide indirect decompression, and serve as a conduit for the fusion. Often a metal plate is placed provide stability and to prevent migration of the graft.

Patients that undergo a lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF or LLIF) often have faster recovery times than traditional “open” back surgery, and sometimes even faster than minimally invasive procedures that approach the spine from the front or back.


Is XLIF Right for Me?

If you have experienced back or leg pain from spinal instability and conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, medications, and injections have not provided relief, the doctors at Texas Spine Associates can evaluate if lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF) is the right option for you.
Patients suffering from degenerative conditions, spinal deformities like mild to moderate scoliosis, and injuries like recurrent herniated discs, can all be considered for this treatment. Full consultation and diagnosis by Dr. Neil Shah and Dr. Vishal Patel will help determine the best course of treatment for your specific case.

Am I a Candidate for XLIF?

At Texas Spine Associates, Dr. Shah, Dr. Patel, and Dr. Happ will work with you diligently to determine your best treatment options. We will take the time to educate you and answer your questions. We believe in engaging our patients to empower them to make the best decision to suit their condition.

Schedule an XLIF Consultation

To see if you are a candidate for XLIF or to learn your options for lumbar surgery, please contact Texas Spine Associates and schedule an in-office consultation. Our board-certified spine surgeons are members of the North American Spine Society and have extensive experience performing safe and effective XLIF procedures. Give us a call at (972) 987-0969 or request an appointment through our secure online form. We have offices in Arlington, Cleburne, Fort Worth, Flower Mound, Granbury, Irving, North Irving, Southlake, and Weatherford, TX.