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What Is Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF)?

What Is Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF)?

Understanding Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion

While you may be able to push through many aches and pains, lower-back pain can stop your daily routine in its tracks. However, having an oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion may be able to provide some much-needed relief.


The spinal experts at Inspired Spine are here to break down everything you need to know about this minimally invasive procedure.

What is SI Joint Fusion?

Also known as SI joint fusion, oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion (OLLIF) is a surgical procedure that is designed to help alleviate lower-back pain. It can also be used to treat all lumbar levels of the spine, setting it apart from other spinal fusion techniques. It also differs from other spinal surgeries because this procedure is not impacted by having a high body mass index (BMI) and can be performed safely regardless of your weight.


While traditional lumbar fusion surgeries typically involve larger incisions and a lengthier procedure, a much less invasive version of this procedure has been developed. OLLIF is one the signature surgical procedures Inspired Spine. Our team of skilled spinal surgeons utilize a safer alternative to this approach, allowing most patients to leave the same day as their procedure.


With this less invasive version of the procedure, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Takes 40 minutes compared to 3 to 4 hours.
  • Same-day discharge.
  • Smaller incisions.
  • Minimal tissue damage.
  • Minimal blood loss.
  • Less scarring.
  • 96% of patients walk within 24 hours.
  • Shorter recovery time.
  • More safe than traditional methods.

When is OLLIF Fusion Appropriate?

If you are experiencing any of the following, it may be time to ask your doctor about OLLIF as a treatment option:

  • Your back pain has lasted 6 months or longer.
  • Other non-invasive treatment options no longer alleviate your pain.
  • Your doctor has recommended the procedure for you.

Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion in Minnesota

When it comes to aches and pains, discomfort that affects your back can be more than just an annoyance—it can negatively affect your quality of life and your independence. At Inspired Spine, our experienced and knowledgeable spinal surgeons take the time to understand and properly diagnose the source of your pain and walk you through the best treatment options for your unique needs.


To schedule a free consultation with one of our spine surgeons, call (952) 225-5266 today.