Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
- Generally used to treat degenerative disc disease
- Procedure is used to correct problems in the vertebrae
- We treat with minimally invasive surgical technique
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion, known as ALIF, is a minimally invasive surgery performed by our spine surgeons at Minimally Invasive SpineCARE. The procedure is performed from the front of the patient while they are lying on their back. This allows our highly skilled surgeons to access the spine without bothering any sensitive nerves. Generally, an incision is made on the left side of the abdomen and the abdominal muscles can then easily be shifted 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.
Some of the benefits of ALIF include:
- Back and neck muscles remain undisturbed throughout surgery, leading to less post-operative pain and shortened recovery times.
- Placing the bone graft in the front of the spine places it in compression, and a general rule of thumb is that bones in compression tend to fuse easier. This means the bone bridge can form faster and the vertebrae can fuse with less complications.
- Minimally invasive surgery requires a much smaller incision than traditional open surgery, leading to less blood loss and less trauma to surrounding areas.
Our Treatment Approach
At Minimally Invasive SpineCARE, all Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusions are performed using advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques. Here’s how our expert spine surgeons perform this state-of-the-art method of spinal fusion:
- Weakened, unstable vertebrae, generally due to damaged or degenerating discs, 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 inserted into the empty disc space between the two vertebrae.
- Bone graft material is also inserted into this space to promote rapid healing and encourage the two vertebrae to form one.
- The intended result is realigned vertebral bones that no longer put heavy pressure onto the pinched nerve roots and no longer cause debilitating pain.
If necessary, the surgeon will use pedicle screws for rigid spinal fixation to further optimize the chances of achieving a solid spinal fusion. Because of our focus on cutting-edge minimally invasive treatments, recovery times tend to be quicker while patients often experience pain relief much faster.
Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery
- 45,000 satisfied patients
- 98% satisfaction rate
- 3mm incision
- Less scarring
- Less blood loss
- Faster recovery time
- Shorter hospital stay
- Increased safety for patient
- Board-certified surgeons