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Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Instability associated with some of the most common spinal conditions can have a devastating impact on a person’s quality of life. Laser Spine Institute offers relief through a procedure referred to as a lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF).

LLIF is used to treat debilitating conditions such as bulging or herniated discs, degenerative scoliosis, nerve impingement, some tumors, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. As these and other conditions begin to impact the intervertebral discs, patients may experience instability. LLIF is used in order to address the disc damage, as well as secure the surrounding area through fusion techniques.

During the LLIF, the surgeon enters the spine through small incisions on the patient’s side. While avoiding the separation and cutting of surrounding muscles, the surgeon is able to perform the procedure without moving any large blood vessels or cutting bone. Once the surgeon has reached the area of the procedure, he is able to remove the damaged portion of disc, filling the space with a bone graft and spacer. This allows the disc area to be heightened, reducing the chance of future impingement, while fusing the adjacent vertebrae for increased stability.

Once the procedure is complete, the surgeon will remove the tools, allowing the muscle to return to its natural placement. Patients are then monitored for approximately two hours postoperatively before being cleared to return to their hotel for the evening.

Laser Spine Institute performs additional procedures to treat a variety of other conditions. These include foraminotomy, discectomy, anterior cervical discectomy fusion (ACDF), cervical disc replacement, RegenaDISC®, Decompression with Interlaminar Stabilization™ Device, facet thermal ablation, laminotomy, and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF).