PLIF Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

PLIF Precision for a Pain-Free Future

Explore the world of Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) at IBS Hospital. Our experts employ state-of-the-art techniques to enhance lumbar stability, ensuring a life free from debilitating back pain and discomfort.

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What is PLIF?

Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) is a procedure used to treat lower back pain. In this approach, incisions are made in the back. Surgeons create an incision on the skin above the vertebrae that need to be fixed, confirming the precise location with the assistance of Stryker’s Spine Navigation Machine.

After a thorough physical assessment, you will undergo a comprehensive medical investigation for your spinal problem. Once the necessary investigations and medical assessments are completed, your surgery will be carefully planned. You will receive guidance to admit yourself on the day of the surgery.

During this procedure, the intervertebral disk in the affected area is replaced with a metal or bone spacer, and the vertebrae are fused together using titanium rods and screws. This spacer helps maintain intervertebral height and promotes bone healing, while the rods and screws contribute to the stability of the spine.

What are the risks and complications that ay arise due to PLIF?
  • Infection
  • Nerve Damage
  • Bleeding or Blood Clots
  • Pain Worsening
  • Spinal Fluid Leakage
What is the process / patient journey for PLIF at IBS Hospital?

Day 1:

You and/or your relative will provide a detailed explanation of the procedure, and consent will be obtained. A preanesthesia checkup (PAC) will be performed, and an intravenous line (IV) will be established to provide fluids. You will then be transferred to the operating room (OT) for the procedure, during which anesthesia will be administered. After the procedure, you will be moved to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Once fully awake, you will be transferred to a hospital room. You will also receive a lumbar brace to support your lower back during the healing process, and you will be assisted with mobilization using walking aids.

Day 2:

You will be monitored in your room and administered appropriate medications, including pain relievers. You may have a Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) pump. Physical rehabilitation will be a part of your treatment plan.

Day 3:

You will continue to be monitored in your room, and physical rehabilitation for your back will continue. IV medications may be discontinued, and you may be switched to oral medication.

Day 4:

The discharge process will be initiated. You will receive information about post-discharge exercises to be performed at home and will be provided with an explanation of discharge medication and follow-up instructions. You will be discharged in stable condition.

What is the post-surgery follow-up and recovery timeline?

You will be advised to avoid bending at the waist to prevent strain or injury. However, you will also receive guidance to gradually increase your activities, and as you start feeling better, you may follow specific exercise instructions to improve your strength and mobility.

During the follow-up process, your incisions will be inspected, and you will be scheduled to visit the doctor after 7 days for stitch removal.

Between 4 to 6 weeks, an X-ray will be taken to confirm that the fusion area is healing properly. Then, after 8 to 12 weeks, patients will be prescribed physical therapy that includes gentle back exercises.

Our team of experts that make it possible

Meet the team of highly specialised and experienced neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopedicians, and other experts in the field of neurology and spine care. Our team is dedicated to providing personalised and compassionate care to each patient, with the goal of helping them achieve the best possible outcomes.


IBS Hospital Empowers Your Treatment with Cutting-edge Technology

We continuously incorporate cutting-edge technologies from around the world into our offerings, such as a surgical system that allows for precise and confident complex procedures. We use magnetic stimulation to treat certain neurological conditions and create personalised brain maps for tailored treatment plans. Nerve monitoring during surgeries ensures the nervous system is not compromised, and a robotic exoskeleton aids in mobility issues. Our goal at IBS Hospital is to provide the best care possible, utilising the latest and most innovative technologies available.

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