There are three sections of the spine: the cervical spine, the thoracic spine, and the lower part of the spine, which is called the lumbar. The majority of people in the United States will suffer from some degree of lumbar pain in their lifetime, but spinal surgery has in the past involved a long recovery time and multiple potential side effects.
One of the major causes of lumbar spine pain is herniated or worn discs. This can be a result of aging, overuse, injuries, or disease. With the massive amount of lumbar spine pain, it has become essential to find ways to decrease recovery time and retain as much muscular retention as possible. Oblique lumbar interbody fusion (OLIF) fills this need, and the talented surgeons at NJ Spine and Ortho can help.
Oblique lumbar interbody fusion is a new minimally-invasive surgery that provides pain relief to the lumbar spine by removing the damaged vertebrae and allowing the healthy vertebrae to fuse together. Oblique lumbar interbody fusion uses a lateral approach, avoiding the pelvic bone and entering through the oblique. This allows them to avoid impacting the muscles, bones, and ligaments in the back.
Using this technique, the surgeon can remove the damaged lumbar vertebrae and replace it either with a bone graft, spacer, or if needed with the use of screws, plates, or rods. The procedure then allows the healthy, undamaged vertebrae to fuse together.
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There are several obvious advantages to oblique lumbar interbody fusion. Some of the most common advantages include:
Also, there is much less risk of bleeding and blood clots. If you think you might benefit from OLIF, reach out to your medical provider today to see what your treatment options are.
Oblique lumbar interbody fusion spine surgery can be a treatment option for several issues that result in lumbar spine pain. Some of the conditions include:
There are other conditions that may also benefit from OLIF, and it’s best to consult with one of our passionate patient advocates at NJ Spine & Orthopedic to see how we can get you the treatment you need.
If you suffer from lower back pain and have not responded to traditional, conservative treatments, OLIF may be an option for you. Severe pain and a disrupted quality of life are indications that surgery may be the next step. Also, if you suffer from herniated or bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, or scoliosis, you may be a good candidate for oblique lumbar interbody fusion spine surgery.
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The surgeon starts by making a very small incision in the skin on the patient’s side. Using small tools, they can create a very narrow passageway and therefore avoid cutting or destroying underlying soft tissue and muscle. A small surgical port allows access to the damaged disc, and the affected area is repaired by doing a bone graft, either using the patient’s bone or a synthetic bone. A support structure is used to connect the disc to the one beneath it.
Oblique lumbar interbody fusion may not be right for everyone. However, if you have pain in the lumbar region of your spine and traditional and conventional treatments have been unable to give you relief from your pain, OLIF may help you. If you are tired of suffering from degenerative disc disease, bulging or herniated discs, or painful curvature of the spine, discuss treatment options with one of the surgeons at NJ Spine & Orthopedic as soon as possible.
If you are experiencing lumbar back pain, consider oblique lumbar interbody fusion spinal surgery. Our experienced surgeons use the latest techniques and technology to perform minimally-invasive surgical procedures. We work hard to relieve your back pain and get you on the road to recovery. Our goal is to make every possible effort to provide the best care for our patients, keeping them safe and comfortable.
If lumbar pain has you down, call NJ Spine & Orthopedic today at (866) 553-0612 or fill out our online form to set up an appointment to discuss your treatment options at a free consultation. Our Concierge Team can help you coordinate all aspects of your appointment as well.
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