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

Taking a Non-traditional Approach

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.

Access Granted

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.

Fusion Solution

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.

A Solid Success

Once the adjacent vertebrae are joined together by a solid “bridge” of new bone mass, the fusion process is complete.

Mission Accomplished

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:

  • Less blood loss than other traditional methods
  • Smaller incision sites
  • Often the OLLIF procedure is available in a more convenient, outpatient environment, which means no hospitalization may be required.
  • Typically, an OLLIF procedure takes less than 90 minutes and less time in the O.R. can promote a quicker recovery.
  • Because the OLLIF procedure is minimally invasive and minimally disruptive compared to other approaches, many patients are able to get up, walk around, and return home within a few hours after surgery.
  • Since the OLLIF procedure is designed to avoid any major muscles and preserve healthy, natural structures the procedure may result in less pain and trauma to the back, promoting faster recovery. Typically, OLLIF patients experience recovery and a return to normal recreational activities in a few weeks.

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