Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion

This procedure is performed to cause two vertebral bones (spine bones) to fuse (grow) together. This is typically performed in addition to another procedure, such as lumbar decompression or posterior lumbar fusion. This procedure is sometimes also used to treat pain originating from disc by removing it. It is also sometimes performed to take pressure off of nerves in the lumbar spine (low back). This is accomplished by making the space for the nerves bigger. For some patients with scoliosis, the procedure is used to help straighten the spine out. After the disc is removed, it is replaced with a plastic spacer, donor bone, and/or BMP (a protein used to promote bone healing).

Most patients have a significant improvement in pain following the surgery and are only in the hospital for 1-2 days.

 

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    "I was injured overseas while serving in the military, Dr. Gottlieb rehabilitated my spine injury without surgery!"

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    Mrs. Indgin RN, wife of Dr. Indgin, Dermatology, has complex lumbar Minimally Invasive fusion . XLIF with Dr. Gottlieb. Back to life pain free!

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    Mrs. Indgin, RN,
    COMPLEX LUMBAR MINIMALLY INVASIVE FUSION

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    The pain was gone immediately after surgery!

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    Distelba Proensa,
    MINIMALLY INVASIVE DISCECTOMY

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    I had this pain for weeks and it was getting worse. This procedure took away my pain immediately.

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    Maria Batista,
    ORTHOPEDIC SPINE SURGERY PATIENT

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    My fracture pain was gone as soon as I woke up from surgery!

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    ORTHOPEDIC SPINE SURGERY PATIENT

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    I went to 6 doctors that did not help me. I saw Dr. Gottlieb expecting to be operated on because I had such terrible pain. He diagnosed me with a sacroiliac issue and explained it to me. Dr. Gottlieb suggested I did not need surgery but recommended physical therapy instead, I have been doing it for 3 months and I am 90% cured. He is the best doctor I have ever come in contact with."

    Ira Ehrenkrantz,
    ORTHOPEDIC SPINE SURGERY PATIENT

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    I had the kyphoplasty procedure done a few weeks ago and it has been amazing! I have gone from a 10 to a 2 as far as pain. It really has made a big impact, in things I could not do before without pain that I can do now. I have actually been blown away by it. The experience has been great, Dr. Gottlieb is great, everything about it has been positive.

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    ORTHOPEDIC SPINE SURGERY PATIENT

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    I had incredible pain, 9 out of 10, with loss of sensation in my right leg and loss of strength. I could not stand for longer than 10-15 minutes and I had to sit, it was horrible. Since the surgery, I feel great, I feel strong and I have my sensation back. I am very happy.

    Neysha Miranda Torres,
    ORTHOPEDIC SPINE SURGERY PATIENT

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