Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) or Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion (DLIF)

Extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) and direct lumbar interbody fusion (DLIF) are approaches to spinal fusion in which the surgeon accesses the intervertebral disc space and fuses the lumbar spine (low back) from the side (lateral) rather than from the front (anterior) or the back (posterior). In some cases, these can be less invasive approaches.

Conditions Treated with Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) or a Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion (DLIF)

Spine conditions that may benefit from treatment via an XLIF or DLIF include: