Minimally Invasive Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
Minimally Invasive Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) is a type of spinal fusion that utilizes an anterior (front – through the abdominal region) approach to fuse (mend) the lumbar spine bones together. The anterior technique is often favored when multiple spinal levels are being fused and multiple discs need to be removed.
You may be a candidate for lumbar spinal fusion if you have:
- Diagnostic test such as MRI, CT, Myelogram that shows disc degeneration, degenerative scoliosis, spondylolisthesis and thoracic and/or lumbar disc herniations
- Significant pain, weakness, or numbness in legs and feet
- Radiating pain (sciatica) worse than neck or back pain
- Pain, weakness and nerve pain that have not improved with physical therapy or medication
- Failed and complications with previous spinal surgeries of the lumbar spine
Your care team comprising of our orthopedic and neurospine surgeons will correlate the results of these studies. After they have reviewed your medical history to help determine the source of your pain and provide specific details, they will provide the best comprehensive treatment options.
Contact us at DOCS Health today to schedule a consultation.