Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLIF)

What is an Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLIF)?

The lower portion of the spine consists of five vertebral bones which are separated and cushioned by spongy discs. Doctors refer to this area of the back as the “lumbar region” of the spine. An Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLIF), therefore, involves repairing the lumbar spine from the front and side (that is, from an oblique approach).

Lower back pain is one of the most common ailments in the Western world. In fact, as many as 80% of all people will suffer from lumbar back pain at some point during their lifetimes. A good portion of these people will be able to achieve relief using more conservative methods, such as prescription medication or exercise. A small minority, however, will require something a little more invasive like orthopedic surgery.

Thankfully, the surgeries of today are not as invasive as they used to be. In fact, the orthopedic surgery community has made great strides in the field of minimally invasive surgical procedures. An OLIF is one of these many distinguished techniques. The goal of this procedure is to treat lumbar degeneration by removing damaged vertebrae and allowing healthy bones to successfully fuse together. Furthermore, an OLIF has a wide range of applications, making it a versatile and safe procedure for numerous cases.

What are the Benefits of an Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLIF)?

An OLIF boasts the same advantages as most other minimally invasive procedures. Listed below are the primary advantages of minimally invasive techniques over traditional, open-back surgeries:

Of course, these are just a few obvious examples. Your doctor will be able to give you more information when it comes to how an OLIF benefits you and your case. Make sure you communicate with your doctor as much as possible. You can’t have enough information when it comes to your body.

Do I Qualify for an Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLIF)?

An OLIF is an extremely versatile surgical procedure. Your doctor can employ it to address a variety of spinal problems, including: 

Of course, these are just a few examples. To determine if an OLIF procedure is right for you, ask your doctor for more details.  

OLIF Complications & Risk Factors

Since an OLIF is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, the associated risk factors are much less of a concern than they would be with traditional open back surgery. That being said, surgery is still surgery, minimally invasive or not. Naturally, any type of surgical procedure comes with its own inherent risks. Even with minimally invasive surgeries such as an OLIF, you should look out for:

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Are you having lower back problems that aren’t going away on their own within a period of two weeks? If so, then please contact our office at (855) 210-0899

Dr. Daveed Frazier of New York City Spine is board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeon with over 20 years of experience. Dr. Frazier earned his MD at Harvard Medical School, where he graduated cum laude. Currently, Dr. Frazier serves as the Director of New York City Spine Surgery, where he specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery techniques, such as OLIF. 

For world-class surgical intervention from a Harvard-trained spine surgeon, contact NYC Spine today!

Meet Dr. Daveed Frazier

Dr. Frazier is a Harvard-trained, board certified orthopedic spine surgeon. He’s held an academic appointment at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York’s SUNY Downstate. Dr. Frazier is also a respected lecturer, accomplished researcher, published author on spine disorders and treatment, and a consultant for several international spine companies.

After completing his undergraduate education at Brown University, Dr. Frazier attended Harvard Medical School, where he graduated cum laude. He completed a Harvard internship based at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA, followed by a Harvard combined residency before becoming chief resident at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLIF)

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