Lumbar Interbody Fusion involving the removal of damaged vertebral (spinal) discs and insertion of bone grafts into the space created between the two adjoining vertebrae (where the disc was removed). Anterior lumbar fusion (ALIF) is performed from the front of the body through the abdomen in order to treat lower back disc degeneration and instability caused by congenital defect, injury or of aging of the spine.
In the past, surgeries of this type involved large inci-sions. With new techniques, ALIF procedures can now be performed in a minimally invasive manner, sparing impact on the back muscles and other structures, and therefore minimizing pain and the length of recovery time. When minimally invasive surgery is possible, insertion of the necessary implants is accomplished through a very small incision, minimizing the cutting of muscles and impact on nerves.
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