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What is direct lateral lumbar surgery for spinal fusion?

Laparoscopic and direct lateral (DLIF, XLIF) lumbar surgery is an innovative approach for patients who require a lumbar fusion. Neurosurgeons access your spine through a small incision in your side and spreading the surrounding structures through a series of dilators. This approach allows access to the front of your spine (the anterior spine) with less risk than traditional open anterior surgery.

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