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Contributed | NuVasive Creative Spine Technology With the XLIF procedure, a surgeon gains access to a patient's spine through the side instead of the front. It is a far less invasive process, resulting in a much shorter surgery, less recovery time and less pain.

Back in the game: Revoluntionary spine procedure performed at DCH

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If Dan O'Brien could do it all over again, he would have been in band.

Instead, he was a sports fanatic. He played every sport he could - as often as he could, as hard as he could, as competitively as he could.

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It took a toll on his body. He's had one knee replaced and the other one will be replaced in the near future. But it was his back that took the brunt of the injuries. Now 53, the Carlos resident has suffered with severe lower back pain for 25 years.

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