Fusion – Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)

ALIF is generally used to treat back or leg pain caused by degenerative disc disease. The surgeon will stabilize the spine by fusing vertebrae together with bone graft material.

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Fusion – Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)

Fusion – Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)

Overview

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) is generally used to treat back or leg pain caused by a herniated or degenerated disc. The surgeon stabilizes the spine by fusing vertebrae together with bone graft material.

 

Incision Made

The procedure is performed through a three- to five-inch incision, either over the center of the stomach or slightly to the side of the stomach.

 

Disc Removed

The surgeon partially removes the damaged disc, leaving some of the disc wall to help contain the bone graft material.

 

Implantation

Bone graft is placed in the empty disc space. This realigns and lifts the vertebral bones, relieving pressure from pinched nerve roots.

 

Vertebrae Secured

The vertebrae above and below the graft are fixed together, to maintain proper alignment and position.  The surgeon may use metal plates, rods, and screws.

 

End of Procedure

Over time, bone from the adjacent vertebrae will grow into the graft, fusing those vertebrae.  While fusion reduces your spinal range of motion, it should also alleviate pain and other troublesome symptoms that were caused by nerve compression.

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