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2008 XLIF Procedure Minimally Disruptive Procedure for Spine Surgery
A minimally disruptive procedure for spine surgery that provides
relief from back and/or leg pain will be performed live over the
Internet from Tampa General Hospital on May 14, 2008 at 4 p.m. ET.
The procedure, called XLIFÂ® (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion),
involves a lateral, or side, approach to the patient, rather than from
the back or front. This approach provides direct access to the disc
space, allowing for complete disc removal and implant insertion.
An estimated 10 million adults suffer from chronic back and leg
pain, which often limits their activities. It is estimated that more
than one million patients undergo spine surgery each year in the U.S.
Until recently, adults with back or leg pain have undergone
traditional, or â€˜open', spine surgery, requiring large incisions,
significant recovery time and a delay in return to normal activity.
Author/Contact: Alex Fraser
Institution: OR-Live, Inc.
Submitted by: AlexF
Added: Wed Apr 30 2008
Last Modified: Mon May 16 2011