Mini Spine Fusion: TLIF, OLLIF, XLIF Overview
These mini spine fusions are minimally invasive interbody fusions. XL stands for eXtreme Lateral, OLL stands for Oblique Lateral Lumbar and TL stands for Transforaminal Lumbar. All of these different mini spine procedures provide less invasive access points resulting in less trauma to the body and a faster recovery for the patient after surgery.
The benefits of a mini interbody fusion vs. a traditional fusion are shorter hospital stay, less blood loss, walking the same day and returning to normal activity in weeks instead of months.
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Advantages of Minimally Invasive
- Minimally Invasive
- Short recovery
- Less postoperative pain
- High Success rate
- Preservation of spinal mobility
- Local Anesthesia
- Minimal blood loss
- Same-day surgery with no hospitalization (outpatient procedure)
- Small incision and minimal scar tissue formation
Conditions Treated with Mini Spine Fusion: TLIF, OLLIF, XLIF
Fusions are often recommended when pain cannot be managed and there is a breakdown within the supportive structures of the spine. Examples of these conditions are Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, Failed Back Surgery, and Spondylolisthesis
- Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis narrows and encumbers openings in the spine that allow nerve passage. Stenosis is usually preceded by indicators of more commonly found conditions such as bone spurs and herniated discs. As time progresses and other conditions are of the spine are not addressed, it may progress to spinal stenosis.
- Degenerative Disc Disease
This condition is a progressive weakening of the vertebral discs, the cushions between the vertebrae. This condition develops as a normal part of the aging process and wear and tear, but it may also result after an injury to the back or with certain predisposing back conditions.
- Herniated Disc
A herniated disc occurs when the inner disc material, called the nucleus, pushes through the tough outer wall of the disc. When this bulging area comes into contact with surrounding nerves it causes pain, tingling and discomfort that can be felt locally and also down the nerve’s path that it follows.
Spondylolisthesis is vertebral slippage in the spinal column. The human spine has a perfectly aligned shape for motion, but spondylolisthesis distorts this alignment. This slippage can be caused by aging of the spine, a congenital disorder, an injury, and also diseases such as those that can cause abnormal growths on the spine.
- Facet Joint Syndrome
Facet joint syndrome can develop when spinal discs become weak or degenerated and place more stress on the facet joints, the joints between two vertebrae that allow them to work in unison to provide motion.
A pinched nerve in the spine that is sending pain signals to the buttocks, hamstring (back of leg), or further down one or both legs. Sciatica can result from a variety of problems with the discs or other problems in the lower back.