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(Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion)

What is ALIF?

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) spine surgery is a type of surgery that involves approaching the spine from the front of the body (anterior) to remove diseased or damaged discs where the discs are then fused together to stabilize the spine. This procedure is typically used to treat chronic pain in the back that is caused from conditions like fractured vertebrae, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, or degenerated discs.

How is it performed?

In an ALIF procedure, the incision is made through the abdomen where the surgeon will then remove the muscles, organs, and blood vessels to gain better access to the spine. Through the incision, the surgeon will remove part of or all of the damaged sic(s) and insert bone graft or bone graft substitutes to support the disc space and promote better bone healing. This procedure can be done as a minimally invasive procedure or as a traditional, open procedure.

How long will it take me to recover?

The recovery time for an ALIF procedure vary from patient to patient and also depends on the technique used (traditional vs. minimally invasive). Since the back muscles and nerves are undisturbed, the recovery time is faster than other procedures. Following a short stay in the hospital, patients may be placed on medical leave for three to six weeks to allow the spine to adjust to the fusion and recover properly.

What are the Advantages of ALIF?

There are many advantages associated with ALIF surgery, one of the biggest advantages being that the back muscles and nerves remain undisturbed because of the anterior approach. Other advantages include:
Better stability.
Restores and preserves motion in the spine.
Fast recovery time.

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