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.
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, Dr. Bruggeman can evaluate if lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF or LLIF) 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. Bruggeman will help determine the best course of treatment for your specific case.IS lateral lumbar interbody fusion (xlif or LLIF) RIGHT FOR ME?
Not all patients with degenerative spine conditions or spinal deformities and injuries are ideal candidates for lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF or LLIF) and diagnostic testing of the lumbar spine, including X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and/or a discogram will be necessary.
Evaluating the extent of damage or deformity of the spinal discs and the location of the damaged vertebrae in the spine helps qualify if you may be a candidate. A full consultation with Dr. Bruggeman will determine if lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF or LLIF) is the right option for your unique case.do i qualify for Lateral lumbar interbody fusion (xlif or llif)?