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Lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) is a minimally invasive technique that allows
access to the lumbar spine from L1/2 to L4/5 for placement of wide interbody devices.
This technique is used in the treatment of degenerative conditions, deformity, and
infectious, neoplastic, and traumatic thoracolumbar pathology. LLIF allows placement
of interbody devices across the apophysis, which leads to powerful coronal deformity
correction and indirect decompression from restoration of disk height. Literature
shows equivalent to superior outcomes of the LLIF technique to anterior or posterior
techniques in the treatment of degenerative conditions while avoiding the complications
associated with larger procedures.