Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Glossary

Here’s our minimally invasive spine surgery glossary of terms.

Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion; a type of spine surgery that’s performed through the sacrum along the axis (line of your spine) at the L5-S1 disc space; used to restore disc height and to stabilize your spine.
Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion; a type of spine surgery done from your side; also known as transpsoas interbody fusion, direct lateral interbody fusion (DLIF), and eXtreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF).
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is a type of spine surgery that uses advanced, computer-assisted technology and highly specialized tools and provides patients with a quicker recovery after surgery, less post-operative pain, and smaller incisions than traditional open spine surgery.

Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion; a type of spine surgery where your surgeon makes incisions on your back that line up with your spinous processes.
Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion; a type of spine surgery where your surgeon makes incisions that line up with your foramen, and operates on your spine through these incisions.

 eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion is performed through the patient’s side. By entering this way, major muscles of the back are avoided. This minimally invasive procedure is generally used to treat leg or back pain caused by degenerative disc disease.

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