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Direct Lumbar Interbody Fusions

If you need spinal surgery, you might find that Craig C. Callewart, M.D., P.A. recommends direct lumbar interbody fusions (DILF). The benefit here is that you will be able to get the treatment that you need with a far less invasive procedure. This also means a shorter recovery time and a faster treatment overall. Contact one of our offices in Addison or Dallas, TX to get more information on this procedure!

What Is DLIF?

As explained above, this treatment option provides access to the spine without causing severe disruption to the soft tissues, blood vessels and indeed the nerves. With clear access to the spine, surgeons can easily and quickly complete spinal fusion surgery.

While there is actually numerous interbody fusion approached DLIF differs because it allows for a small incision on the patient’s side. After this, minimal surgical techniques are used to create a narrow passage through soft tissue to the psoas muscle. Rather than cutting through the muscle, individual strands can be moved apart for access in a direct-lateral approach.

Can You Benefit from This Procedure?

Be aware that the lower back does consist of five vertebrae and is a common source of pain. Any number of degenerative conditions can lead to spinal instability. That will cause pressure on the spinal cord and the surrounding nerves, leading to muscle weakness in other parts of the body.

It’s possible that you have experienced these issues for an extended period. If that’s the case and you haven’t responded to physical therapy or medication, this form of treatment could be right for you. It can help restore spinal stability and improve your quality of life with lower levels of pain.

Benefits of This Procedure

There are many benefits to this type of procedure. Due to the minimal level of surgery required, there is a far lower chance of any complications, which means a speedy recovery. Furthermore, even pain post-surgery is minor and will usually fade completely after just a couple of days. With a limited number of days in the hospital and almost immediate improvements in your condition, this is a far more effective option for interbody fusions compared to other treatment routes.

What Results Should You Expect?

Once the surgery has been completed you can expect your recovery to be rapid. Indeed, our surgeon will help provide an exercise plan to ensure you are able to return to normal activities as quickly as possible. Most patients will immediately see an improvement in many of their symptoms. However, others will take a little longer to recover. Make sure that you work closely with our spinal surgeon as they will be able to help you determine the best recovery protocol for you.

Are you suffering from lower back pain that could be caused by issues with spinal instability? Please don’t hesitate to contact our team at the office of Craig C. Callewart, M.D., P.A. in Addison or Dallas, TX to schedule your consultation!

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