POSTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (PLIF)
Enjoy rapid recovery for improved stability and decreased lumbar spine pain.
WHAT IS POSTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (PLIF)?
This minimally invasive procedure removes pain-causing spinal discs via the back of the patient’s body and replaces it with bone graft material allowing the bones to grow together. Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) is an effective method for fusing the lumbar spine. Patients that undergo this procedure generally achieve the intended decrease in pain, corrections of any spinal deformity, and improved stability. By approaching the posterior lumbar interbody fusion as a minimally invasive procedure there should be tissue trauma and post-operative pain, hospital stays are shorter, and patients can recover more quickly.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT POSTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (PLIF):
- Posterior – surgeons take a back approach to operate on the lumbar spine
- Minimally invasive procedure with faster expected recovery time
- Pain relief and stability is often felt soon after surgery recovery
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED BY POSTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (PLIF):
- Degenerative disc disease
- Foraminal Stenosis
- Disc Herniation
- Spinal Stenosis
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR POSTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (PLIF)?
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.