• Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)

      Interbody fusion surgery has been performed by spine surgeons for several generations. Indications range from disc herniations, infections, tumors, scoliosis, instability, and back pain. Traditionally these operations have been performed through a large incision across the abdomen or chest, in order to access the spine. Historically, interbody fusion surgery is a very effective method of achieving spinal fusion. However, with advances in technology, this procedure can now be performed in certain patients utilizing a minimally invasive surgical approach.

      With a steady push from surgeons, and a growing demand for minimally invasive surgery from patients, industry has responded with the development of improved lighting and retractor technology, to allow for the development of this new technique. Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) is an exciting new technique that has been developed by an international team of spinal surgeons. Although technically demanding, studies have shown this to be a very effective operation. And though very few spinal surgeons have been trained in this new technique, Dr. Varma has performed research on, and has extensive experience with, this surgical procedure. He has experience performing this procedure in both simple and complex cases, such as revision surgery, spinal infections, and scoliosis.

      For more information, or to find out if you are a candidate for an XLIF procedure, please call our office and make an appointment with Dr. Varma.