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OLIF: Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion (for L2-L5)


OLIF is a surgery to correct problems caused by degenerated discs in your spine. This procedure creates more space for nerves and can be performed through small openings on either side of the body, making this an excellent option when compared to other back surgeries.


The OLIF surgery is performed using general anesthesia and a video x-ray device called the “fluoroscope.” A tiny opening in your skin will be made where you’ll pass tubes containing dilators through soft tissues to reach down into one of two holes cut out for them by surgeons. The retraction process begins with an instrument that slowly slides over these weakened areas. This allows space enough so new tissue can grow across both sides without obstruction or pressure buildup within any particular area.

Removing The Disc

Your surgeon will carefully remove the disc that is causing you pain. An implant called an “interbody device” between each of your vertebrae helps relieve any compression on nearby nerves and muscles, while also lifting up those spaces where they belong – into proper position!

Stabilizing The Spine

Finally, the surgeon will place other supports on your spine. These could be rods and plates for stability or screws to hold everything in place as they heal over time with a fusion between vertebrae.

End of Procedure

When the procedure is done, your surgeon will carefully close up any open wounds in order for you to recover comfortably. You’ll be watched closely while waking up and given instructions on how best to practice healing at home from there.

Meet Your Team

Why settle for a single doctor when you can have a team of spine experts? Our unique approach to diagnosis and treatment ensures you get multiple point-of-views, especially in complex cases.

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Meet Tom Winders


For a while, the only place Tom Winders could get a decent night’s sleep was on his living room love seat, where he could position his back just right. That’s when he knew something had to be done.
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Start Your Journey to Pain Relief

Here’s what you need to do.

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1. Request Appointment

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2. Meet with a Doctor

You’ll meet with one of our award-winning doctors to determine the best treatment plan for you.
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3. Take Control

Once you implement our treatment plan, you’ll begin to experience pain relief.

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