ANTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (ALIF)
Faster recovery time and pain relief compared to other lumbar procedures.
WHAT IS ANTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (ALIF)?
Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is a minimally invasive surgery that approaches the spine from the front of the body, in order to remove all or part of a herniated disc from the spine, then fusing the vertebrae together to give the spine stability. In an ALIF procedure, the surgeon approaches the lower back (the lumbar portion of the spine) from the front through an incision in the abdomen. This anterior approach allows the back muscles and nerves to remain undisturbed. Most patients experience faster recovery times in comparison to a posterior approach and gain improvement in back pain relief and mobility within severals weeks to a few months after surgery.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT ANTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (ALIF):
- Anterior – surgeons take a front approach to surgery through the abdomen
- Minimally invasive procedure with faster expected recovery time
- Not recommended for patients suffering from excessive spinal instability or osteoperosis
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED BY ANTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (ALIF):
- Herniated discs
- Fractured vertebrae
- Spinal instability
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR ANTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (ALIF)?
If you have symptoms that have not improved with physical therapy or other forms of conservative care and positive diagnostic results, you may be a candidate for this procedure.