I am jumping the gun a bit here, but I will most likely be having a three level fusion in November. I don't even know if XLIF (fusion done through small incisions in the patient's side) is an option for me, but since it prevents slicing through back muscles, I thought I would request it. Have any of you had the XLIF done? At more than one level? I have three badly torn discs, L4-S1, and, of course, I am looking for the least invasive, most pain free (as if that's possible) way of doing this. I have seen my surgeon and am going in for a full-spine MRI this Thursday to assess the whole situation before we discuss surgical options. I have a feeling I'll be in for a much more invasive procedure, but I thought I would ask.
3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.