Spine Fusions are performed to correct problems with vertebrae in the spine, such as degenerative disc disease, spine instability, and fractures.
An interbody fusion involves removing a degenerated or herniated disc, and replacing it with a metal or plastic artificial disc or a bone graft. The process “tricks” the body into thinking it has a fracture, by joining bone with bone graft, in order to spur bone growth.
Though there are many different methods to perform fusions, an anterior lumbar interbody fusion is performed from the front, in an incision near the belly button.
The goal of an ALIF is to remove pressure off spinal nerves and increase stability. The procedure is most used when multiple degenerative or herniated discs must be removed or fused together. After an ALIF, you’ll experience increased spine stability and reduced pain.
Not all patients and procedures are the same. The above is an example of what the typical patient can expect from some minimally invasive procedures.