XLIF Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion in Seattle, WA

What is XLIF?

Unlike traditional back surgery, XLIF® is performed through the patient’s side. By entering this way, major muscles of the back are avoided. This minimally-invasive procedure is generally used to treat leg or back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. It can be performed on an outpatient basis.


If you’re experiencing chronic back pain, board-certified spine surgeon Dr. Edward Jung offers the most advanced surgical treatments available, including XLIF, or extreme lateral interbody fusion. As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained spine specialist, Dr. Jung has the expertise to provide compassionate, patient-centered care to patients in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, and the Eastside of Seattle.

XLIF is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is performed through a small incision in the side of the body, allowing for faster recovery and less pain than traditional spinal fusion surgeries. Dr. Jung is committed to using the latest surgical techniques and technologies to help his patients achieve optimal spinal health.

To learn more about the XLIF procedure and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jung, visit our website or contact our spine care clinic in Seattle, WA at (206) 860-5578. We serve patients throughout the Eastside of Seattle, including Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, and beyond.

What Happens During the Procedure?

Accessing the Spine

Dr. Jung will create two small incisions in the patient’s side. These incisions are much smaller than those used in traditional back surgery. A probe is inserted in one insicion. The second incision is used to help guide the surgical instruments.

Avoiding Nerves

Dr. Jung uses the probe to stimulate and detect nerves along the side of the spine. When a nerve is found it can be avoided and left undamaged. Fluoroscopic x-ray images are also used to guide the probe to the proper position on the spine.

Dilation Tubes Inserted

A series of dilation tubes are slid over the probe to create a larger opening.

Disc Removed

Then, a retraction device is used to move aside muscle tissue and gain access to the spine. Dr. Jung operates through the channel created by the retractor. The damaged disc is removed.

Implant Inserted

An implant filled with bone graft is placed into the empty disc space, realigning the vertebral bones. This also lifts pressure from pinched nerve roots. Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) may also be used to encourage bone growth and a strong fusion.

End of Procedure

the morselized bone graft will grow through and around the implant, forming a bone bridge that connects the vertebral bodies above and below. This solid bone bridge is called a fusion.


Schedule a Consultation for XLIF Spine Surgery in Seattle, WA Today!

Dr. Jung will work with you diligently to determine your best treatment options. We will take the time to educate you and answer your questions. We believe in engaging our patients to empower them to make the best decision to suit their condition.

Dr. Jung provides care to patients at his spine clinic near Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, and the Eastside of Seattle, to see if you are a candidate for Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion, please call our office or request an appointment online!

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