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Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)

Is ALIF Right for Me?

If you are experiencing lower back or leg pain, scoliosis, or other spinal instability, you might consider the anterior lumbar interbody fusion procedure, if you have not found relief with non-surgical treatments.

We do not recommend this procedure for patients with bones that have become soft due to osteoporosis, or in patients with arthritis or excessive spinal instability.

During the procedure the patient is put under general anesthesia, and the surgeon makes a tiny incision in the patient’s abdomen, and inserts an endoscope to view the surgical area. Minimally invasive surgical tools are advanced through a tube to remove all or part of the damaged vertebral discs. Bone graft material is inserted into the disc space between the vertebral bodies, allowing for the spine to fuse.

Am I a Candidate for ALIF?

The ALIF procedure is not usually recommended for patients suffering from osteoporosis or excessive spinal instability.

If you have not found relief through non-surgical, more conservative treatment plans, you may want to talk with their doctor or make an appointment with Q Spine Institute to talk about ALIF. All surgeries come with risk, so it’s a good idea to discuss options with someone you trust.

An endoscopic minimally invasive procedure like ALIF means quicker recovery and faster relief from painful symptoms. Many of our ALIF procedures at Q Spine Institute are outpatient, allowing for many patients to go home the same day. Patients will be required to undergo physical therapy and may require a pain medication prescription to help with any initial discomfort. It takes several months for the bone grafts to completely fuse with the rest of the patient’s spine.

If you have questions about ALIF or have symptoms that you would like to address, make an appointment for a consultation with Q Spine Institute today. Dr. Q and the team look forward to helping you!

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