Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) Surgery

Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) Surgery

As with all spinal fusion surgery, a posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) involves adding bone graft to an area of the spine to set up a biological response that causes the bone to grow between the two vertebral elements and thereby stop the motion at that segment. Unlike the posterolateral gutter fusion, the PLIF achieves spinal fusion […]

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Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) Surgery

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) Surgery

Doctor Cloward first performed an anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) surgery in the 1950s for treatment of lower back pain for degenerative spine conditions. The Cloward procedure did not gain immediate favor because of fairly high nonunion rates (30-40%). In the 1990s, however, there was a resurgence of popularity for anterior (from the front) lumbar […]

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