Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion(ALIF)

At IBS hospital we have one of the most modern and comprehensive medical centers in the country and hosts many national clinical and academic programs and is continuing to add major research and academic capabilities. Our neurological and neurosurgical departments offer all the procedures and techniques necessary for a precise diagnosis as well as for precise guidance during brain surgery. At IBS we have neurosurgeons to treat neurological diseases which include head injury, spinal injury, brain tumors and spinal tumors. We have specialization in treating seizures or epilepsy as well as modern treatments for movement disorders like Parkinson's disease.

At IBS hospital we have one of the most modern and comprehensive medical centers in the country and hosts many national clinical and academic programs and is continuing to add major research and academic capabilities. Our neurological and neurosurgical departments offer all the procedures and techniques necessary for a precise diagnosis as well as for precise guidance during brain surgery. At IBS we have neurosurgeons to treat neurological diseases which include head injury, spinal injury, brain tumors and spinal tumors. We have specialization in treating seizures or epilepsy as well as modern treatments for movement disorders like Parkinson's disease.

At IBS hospital we have one of the most modern and comprehensive medical centers in the country and hosts many national clinical and academic programs and is continuing to add major research and academic capabilities. Our neurological and neurosurgical departments offer all the procedures and techniques necessary for a precise diagnosis as well as for precise guidance during brain surgery. At IBS we have neurosurgeons to treat neurological diseases which include head injury, spinal injury, brain tumors and spinal tumors. We have specialization in treating seizures or epilepsy as well as modern treatments for movement disorders like Parkinson's disease.

Orthopedic ALIF is an interbody fusion for patients suffering from discogenic back pain. This minimally invasive treatment treats back pain and is done mostly by using an anterior approach which provides a much better view. The approach is helpful in treating the back pain without disturbing or violating the back muscles, which can lead to more leg pain and back pain.

How is it done?

Through a miniopen approach, the procedure is conducted using general anesthesia. In this process the surgeon makes a small incision, generally on the left side of the lower abdomen, to expose the front part of the spine by going around the back of the abdominal cavity down the back wall.

Once the disc material is removed from the front of the spine, a synthetic cage with screws and bone graft is inserted into the empty disc space and bone to support, stabilize and create lumbar fusion. It is also possible to restore the disc height and spinal alignment into its natural lumbar curvature. The complete procedure usually takes about two to three hours to perform for a one or two-level procedure.

Why is it done?

Due to Spinal disc degeneration and micro-instability of the lumbar spine, there could be mechanical back pain, buttock, groin and hip pain, and nerve root irritations resulting in leg pain. The procedure stabilizes the spine by achieving higher fusion rates to relieve back ache and their related symptoms, without interfering with nervous tissues by this means avoiding scar formation around nerve roots.

Indications

  • Discogenic back pain (single or multiple level, including L5/S1)
  • Low grade lumbar spondylo- listhesis- bone slip
  • Lumbar spondylosis
  • Spinal instability
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Failure of previous posterior lumbar fusion surgery with pseudo- arthrosis
  • Correction of lumbar deformity
  • Combined with posterior procedure to enhance bone fusion
Alternatives to spine surgery
  • Conservative
  • Weight loss
  • Medications
  • Back exercises
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation program
  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Spinal traction
  • Interventional
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Nucleoplasty
  • Facet or SI joint block
  • Radiofrequency treatment
Risks and complications

The associated risks include:
  • Bleeding from veins
  • Nerve harm bringing on leg agony, shortcoming and deadness,
  • Retrograde discharge/fruitlessness in men
  • Wound Infection
  • Complication identified with instruments
  • Blood cluster in the legs (profound vein thrombosis), and pneumonic embolism

 

 

 

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