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Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF, DLIF, ARIA)

There are a number of spine conditions where the loss of stability within the spine results in back pain and nerve compression.

In these situations a fusion is necessary to improve the stability of the spine and restore the spines natural alignment. An “interbody fusion” involves removing the diseased and dysfunctional disc and replacing it with a spacer which will help restore normal anatomy.

Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF, DLIF, ARIA) refers to a minimally invasive procedure that allows for a fusion to be performed by approaching the spine from the side, thus avoiding disruption of the large muscles of the lower back. A number of spine conditions can be approached in this manner including scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, and disc degeneration.

Among the many advantages of lateral interbody fusion include:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Larger spacers which promote better anatomical correction of deformity
  • Higher rates of fusion healing
Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF, DLIF, ARIA) refers to a minimally invasive procedure that allows for a fusion to be performed by approaching the spine from the side, thus avoiding disruption of the large muscles of the lower back.

After surgery:

Once surgery is complete the patients will spend a few hours in the surgical recovery area for monitoring.

  • Patients typically will spend one to two night in the hospital and are able to walk immediately as they work with a physical therapist
  • A lower back brace may be provided to support the lumbar spine.

All surgical patients at Comprehensive Spine Care are provided with medications prior to the date of surgery with instructions on their post-operative usage. Wound care, medication and diet instructions for after surgery are also provided upon discharge from the hospital and are also available here.