I will be getting a L4/L5 fusion done in November and I would like to know if anyone has an opinion on ALIF vs. XLIF? I have the option for either, so which is the better way to go? Easier recovery, faster, less painful?
I know XLIF is a smaller incision, but it goes through more muscle tissue. Hip bone needs to be out of the way enough to do this procedure and that is an option for me. ALIF requires a vascular surgeon onsite as well since it has to go through the more blodd vessels and such.
Any input greatly appreciated. I am a very active woman and want to get back to my routine sooner than later. Triathlon, mtn biking, skiing, swimming, running, etc.