Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion, known as ALIF, is a minimally invasive surgery that requires a large amount of surgical skill and techniques that we provide at Minimally Invasive Spine. The system is performed from the front of the patient while they are lying on their back. This allows our highly gifted specialists to access the spine without irritating any sensitive nerves. Generally, a cut is made on the left side of the abdomen and the abdominal muscles can then easily be moved to the side. This gives the surgeon access to the front of the spine and allows us to insert a tiny camera and surgical tools between the muscle fibers without cutting, tearing or any major trauma.
- Generally used to treat degenerative circle ailment
- Procedure is utilized to right problems as a part of the vertebrae.
- We treat with negligibly invasive surgical technique.
- Back and neck muscles remain undisturbed throughout the surgery, leading to less post-operative pain and shortened recuperation times.
- Placing the bone graft in the front of the spine places it in compression, and the general rule is that bones in compression tend to fuse more easily. This means the bone bridge can form faster and the vertebrae can wire with less intricacy.
- Minimally Invasive Surgery requires a much smaller entry point than traditional open surgery, leading to less blood misfortune and less trauma to encompassing regions.
At Minimally Invasive Spine, all Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusions are performed utilizing advanced minimally invasive surgical strategies. Here’s how our master spine specialists perform this cutting edge method of spinal combination:
- Weakened, precarious vertebrae, generally due to damaged or degenerating circles, are fused together with a bone bridge designed to strengthen and re-stabilize the spine.
- The damaged disc is partially removed and a spacer, or “cage” is embedded into the empty disc space between the two vertebrae.
- Bone graft material is also inserted into this space to advance fast healing and support the two vertebrae to structure one.
- The proposed result is realigned vertebral bones that no longer put overwhelming weight onto the pinched nerve roots and no longer cause weakening pain.
Should it be indicated, we will use pedicle screws for rigid spinal fixation to further optimize the odds of accomplishing a strong spinal fusion. Because of our center on cutting-edge minimally obtrusive medicines, recuperation times tend to be snappier while patients often experience pain relief much faster.
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