The eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) Corpectomy technique is a minimally disruptive surgical procedure performed through the side of the body. A corpectomy (with corpus meaning “body”, and ectomy meaning “remove”) is an effective procedure where the vertebral body and the adjoining discs are removed. An XLIF Corpectomy is used to treat patients suffering from severe spinal cord injuries resulting from trauma or tumors where a large part of the vertebrae must be removed.
Depending on your surgeon’s preference, patented nerve monitoring technology may be used to gain lateral (side) access to the spinal column, avoiding any major nerves in the area between the incision and the column. Traditional surgical options for addressing a corpectomy typically involve large exposures. The XLIF Corpectomy technique allows surgeons to treat corpectomy patients through a reproducible, minimally disruptive exposure that provides direct visualization to the affected area.