The XLIF Procedure: A Minimally Disruptive Surgical Treatment for Degenerative Spine Conditions

Watch Daveed D. Frazier, MD, an attending orthopedic spine surgeon at Roosevelt Hospital, present on XLIF (extreme lateral interbody fusion) surgery, a groundbreaking minimally invasive surgical technique to treat numerous spinal instability conditions. XLIF surgery is a muscle and tendon-sparing technique that uses neural monitoring and accesses the spine from the side, offering a greater margin of safety and numerous patient benefits.

Target Audience

  • Neurologists, Pain Management Physicians, Chiropractors, Primary Care Physicians

Learning Objectives

  • The many advantages of the XLIF procedure over traditional spine surgery techniques.
  • Several different spine conditions where the XLIF procedure can be used as an effective minimally invasive treatment, such as degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative scoliosis.
  • How an experienced surgeon can use nerve monitoring in the XLIF procedure to make this surgery safe, with little risk of nerve problems post-surgery.
  • How the XLIF approaches the spine from the side (lateral), which avoids cutting muscle (posterior approach) or abdominal surgical complications (anterior approach).

Accreditation Statement

Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals designate this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals that faculty and providers disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals have established policies in place that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. 

The following have reported that they do not have any financial relationships to disclose: 

Daveed D. Frazier, MD


Daveed D. Frazier, MD

Daveed D. Frazier, MD Daveed D. Frazier, MD, is a board certified orthopedic spine surgeon at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals, and treats disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine in children and adults.
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