NuVasive celebrates 20-year milestone of the XLIF procedure


NuVasive has, this week, announced the 20-year milestone achievement of its lateral lumbar procedure, extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF).

Ryan Donahoe, chief technology officer at NuVasive, said: “20 years ago, we set out to make spine surgery more reproducible and improve patient outcomes through the development and introduction of the XLIF procedure. Through our leadership in outcome-driven design, partnership with the best spine clinicians around the globe, and a continued focus on clinical education and validation, we have learned that it is foundational to approach innovation across the full continuum of spine care.”

Frank Phillips, director of the division of spine surgery at Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, USA), added: “It’s been quite a journey since I started working with NuVasive in 2001, being attracted to the vision of making spine surgery better. In collaboration with a handful of my peers and the NuVasive team, creating the XLIF procedure was a decision that stemmed from us realising that the outcomes we were seeing weren’t good enough. This proven innovation is an incredible example of how thoughtful procedural design and reliable, reproducible clinical results can improve the overall care experience.”

Building on the legacy of XLIF, NuVasive has since launched its X360, P360, C360 and Complex procedural portfolios.

Paul Holman, chief of spinal neurosurgery at Houston Methodist (Houston, USA), commented: “Over the years, I’ve seen XLIF take over the lateral market, making less-invasive spine surgery more reproducible. When paired with the enabling technologies within Pulse, XLIF unlocks even more clinical value for both the surgeon and the patient.”

Alex Thomas, a neurosurgeon at Atlantic Brain and Spine (Wilmington, USA), added: “The concept of intelligent surgery will take what we know of XLIF and more recently with X360, to greater heights. I’m excited to see how we can leverage the power of data to make better decisions preoperatively and intraoperatively, and then track our outcomes more intelligently, postoperatively.”


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