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Many patients are aware of the general outlines of what a spinal fusion does, but they may not be aware that your surgeon will be weighing the benefits of a variety of surgical techniques. Not all spinal fusions are performed the dame way.
The two most common interbody fusion techniques used to treat chronic low back pain are PLIF, which is similar to a TLIF, and ALIF. PLIF stands for posterior lumbar interbody fusion. It is a fusion technique that is done from the back or posterior of the spine. The PLIF procedure involves involves three basic steps.
Once the disc space is prepared Bone graft is inserted to promote fusion between the vertebrate. Additional implants may also be used to further stabilize the spine. ALIF, which stands for anterior lumbar interbody fusion is similar to PLIF; however, it is done from the front or anterior of the body. With the assistance of a vascular surgeon, we approach the spine from the front to remove the disc and insert the bone graft and implant a device to reconstruct the disc space. The surgeons at our practice are highly skilled with these types of surgeries.
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