What tests are necessary before the XLIF/DLIF lateral fusion surgery?

Your doctor will tell you what kind of tests will be necessary before this intervention.

To understand if you are a suitable candidate for XLIF/DLIF Lateral Fusion, your doctor will need to run some tests. Based on their result and your examination, the specialist will decide if this intervention is the right solution for you.

You may be eligible for surgery if you suffer from:

  • degenerative disc disease
  • mild to moderate scoliosis
  • low-grade spondylolisthesis
  • symptoms that other treatment methods have not fixed

Preoperative tests for XLIF/DLIF lateral fusion

Before any surgery, an extensive patient evaluation is required to allow medical specialists to reduce any postoperative risks through preventive measures.

XLIF/DLIF lateral fusion involves a thorough examination, which may include:

  • medical history assessment: medicines, allergies, previous conditions and surgery, bleeding history, anesthesia reactions
  • physical checkup: blood pressure, body temperature, pulse, respiratory rate
  • blood tests, electrocardiograms, chest X-rays

These tests will be performed several days prior to the surgery.

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