Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is a minimally invasive procedure that approaches the spine from the front of the body to relieve pain and decrease instability. By approaching the lower spine through an incision in the abdomen, the back muscles and nerves remain undisturbed, resulting in faster recovery times in comparison to a posterior or back approach. Fusing the vertebrae together returns stability to the spine, resulting in improved mobility and back pain relief within several weeks to a few months after the procedure.
Patients experiencing lower back or leg pain, scoliosis, or other spine conditions causing instability, such as herniated discs or fractured vertebrae, can discuss an anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) as a treatment option after conservative methods, like physical therapy, medications, and injections have failed to provide relief.
Understanding the root cause of your spinal instability and pain with Dr. Bruggeman will help him evaluate all of your options to treat your condition.
When pain is triggered by spinal instability, anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) can offer pain relief and return better mobility for your daily activities with faster recovery times compared to traditional “open” back surgery. However, not all patients suffering from these symptoms are always considered appropriate a candidates for this procedure.
A consultation with Dr. Bruggeman will help determine if an anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) would be the right treatment option for your unique case.
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