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X-LIF (Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion)
External Lateral Interbody Fusion or X-LIF is a sophisticated, minimally invasive procedure for spinal fusion. In traditional open lumbar interbody fusion, a spine surgeon accesses the spine through a posterior incision. In contrast, in X-LIF procedures, a surgeon creates anterior access to the spine, which causes minimum damage to the spinal nerves and tissues.

Who Needs Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
An Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion surgery is prescribed to:

  • Patients who have been diagnosed with a herniated disc or a degenerative disc disease.
  • Patients who are experiencing symptoms of a herniated disc or a degenerative disc disease such as acute neck pain, acute back pain, numbness in legs, etc.
  • Patients who have not found pain relief after 4-6 weeks of non-surgical treatments


An XLIF surgery is also appropriate for patients suffering from Posterior pseudarthrosis, Adjacent level syndrome, or Post-laminectomy syndrome.

How is Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion Performed?
An Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion XLIF surgery is a simple, yet advanced procedure performed by expert surgeons in the following steps:

  • The patient is given general anesthesia.
  • Two small incisions are made; one towards the back and one on the side to pass the instrument, which will remove the herniated disc.
  • Tubular dilators are inserted to create a space through which the spine can be accessed.
  • Once the lumbar spine is accessible, the herniated disc is removed to decompress the pinched nerve.
  • The surgeons place a bone graft or implant in the empty disc space for optimal spinal fusion. Depending on the patient’s condition, screws, rods, and plates may be placed to provide additional strength to the spine.
  • The instruments are retracted, and incisions are sutured.


Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion surgery can minimize surgical complications, provide a stable fusion, relieve painful nerves, and optimize spinal balance. If you are looking for Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion treatments in NJ, then you should contact Complete Medical Wellness (CMW).

Don’t hesitate to take the first step towards a healthy life; call CMW today to schedule an appointment.


What Is the Recovery Time for XLIF Spine Fusion?

  • Most patients start walking the same day after the surgery.
  • Complete recovery is expected from around six weeks to six months.
  • XLIF surgery is a minimally, disruptive, and sophisticated surgical procedure.

How long does X-lif surgery take?

  • For a single-level XLIF surgery, it may take about an hour to complete.
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