Dr. Isaac Moss, orthopedic surgeon at UConn Health and member of The Better Way Back community, recently appeared on NBC to discuss chronic back pain and the eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) surgery. He notes that 85 percent of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. While many can relieve their symptoms through exercise and therapy, for some back surgery is necessary for relief.
Rather than traditional open spine surgeries, Dr. Moss supports the minimally disruptive XLIF procedure. He promotes the lateral surgery over traditional spine surgeries because it can be easier on the body and often has a quicker recovery. The XLIF procedure minimizes damage to back muscles back while still accomplishing the same goal: reducing chronic back and leg pain.