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When Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion May Be Necessary

LLIF is typically considered for patients with conditions that have not responded to conservative treatment, such as:

  • Degenerative disc disease leading to chronic back pain or instability
  • Scoliosis or other spinal deformities affecting alignment and function
  • Spondylolisthesis, where one vertebra slips over another
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis causing nerve compression and pain

The Surgical Procedure

During an LLIF procedure, the patient is placed under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes a small incision on the patient’s side, avoiding the major back muscles and nerves. Specialized instruments are used to remove the damaged disc and prepare the adjacent vertebrae for fusion. A spacer, often filled with bone graft material, is then inserted into the disc space to maintain spinal alignment and height.

Over time, the vertebrae will fuse together, stabilizing the spine. The minimally invasive nature of this approach typically results in less postoperative pain and a quicker recovery compared to traditional open spine surgery.

Excel Health’s Approach

At Excel Health, we are dedicated to employing the latest advancements in minimally invasive spine surgery, including LLIF. Our approach includes:

  • Utilizing advanced imaging and surgical planning techniques to ensure precision and safety
  • Employing state-of-the-art instrumentation to minimize tissue disruption and enhance patient recovery
  • Providing personalized care, tailoring the procedure to each patient’s specific spinal condition and overall health needs

Post-surgical Care and Recovery:

Recovery from LLIF varies depending on the individual and the complexity of the surgery. Patients typically experience a significant reduction in pain and improvement in mobility. The recovery process often includes physical therapy to strengthen the back and improve flexibility. Regular follow-up appointments are crucial to monitor the fusion process and overall spine health.

At Excel Health, our team of spine specialists is committed to providing comprehensive care throughout the treatment journey. From the initial consultation to postoperative recovery, our focus is on achieving the best possible outcomes for our patients, ensuring a return to a more active and pain-free lifestyle.

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