Last 16/4/2012 Dr. Ferrández was invited to Hospital San Jose (Vitoria. Spain) in order to perform a XLIF surgery with collegues from that Centre. The patient was a young male who got fusion surgery in two upper lumbar discs, being discharged 18h after the procedure with just a 4 cm wound on the left flank.
Dr. Ferrández was invited for a conference and surgical demonstration about XLIF in Zaragoza. Some Spanish surgeons met at the «Miguel Servet» University Hospital for a first contact with this technique. An elder patient was operated on for degenerative lumbar scoliosis, which could succesfully be corrected by using this minimally invasive approach.
Our Spine expert Dr. Ferrandez performed 2 exhibition surgeries to demonstrate the high corrective capabilities of this recent minimally invasive approach known as XLIF. It allows that severe lumbar deformities in elder patients can be approached with very limited damage to healthy tissues. This new technique certainly widens the range of age of patients with spinal degenerative deformities who can be admitted for corrective surgery.
The following X-ray slides show how the patients’s lumbar spine gets straightened after four wedges have been implanted in between the affected vertebrae into the concavity of the curve.