The Revolutionary Minimally Invasive Interbody Fusion: OLLIF
Oblique Lateral Lumbar Fusion (OLLIF) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to achieve spinal fusion of the lumbar vertebrae. Unlike other spinal fusions, it can often be performed as an outpatient surgery.
The OLLIF approach: Simple, Efficient, Ingenious
Since the OLLIF Procedure is performed via a small 15 mm incision on the patient’s side, the surgeon doesn’t have to move, remove, or alter major muscles, healthy bone structures, and nerve bundles. Unlike most other spinal fusion approaches, the OLLIF procedure can be used to effectively treat all lumbar levels of the spine.
Entry through Kambin’s Triangle, a small probe sheathed in a special dilation tube (to protect skin, muscle, and nerves) is made to access and remove the damaged or diseased disc.
A biocompatible polymer implant, along with bone graft material, is then positioned into the empty space left by the removed disc. This implant material maintains proper spacing of the vertebrae while the fusion takes place. Typically, a posterior fixation with pedicle or facet screws also accompanies this procedure.
Once the adjacent vertebrae are joined together by a solid “bridge” of new bone mass, the fusion process is complete.
The OLLIF procedure alleviates back pain by reestablishing correct disc height and stopping movement.
Every back pain patient’s medical needs are unique. The full scope of compelling benefits offered by the OLLIF procedure is available to patients considering lumbar fusion procedure.
Most notable of these include:
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