ALIF: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
There are many different types of surgical procedures that may be considered if you have a spinal problem. One of those procedures is known as the ALIF, which stands for anterior lumbar interbody fusion. This surgical procedure has been around since the 1950s and it is a common method for treating lower back pain and various spinal conditions, including degenerative disc disease. Today, it is one of the more common surgical procedures that is performed on the spine.
As an anterior surgical procedure takes place from the front of the body so that the spine can be accessed. It may also be combined at times with a posterior approach to the spine but this is a different type of surgical procedure. It can sometimes correct the issue that was causing pain and other symptoms but there may be other types of procedures that are necessary there is a significant amount of collapse in this space.
In the Dallas and Fort Worth area, Dr. Kaufman can provide the services you need if anterior Lumbar interbody fusion surgery is necessary. He is a skilled neurosurgeon that often performs complex spinal procedures. Not only can perform the procedure, he will give a more specific list of options that may be available. Fusion surgery is not offered unless nonsurgical options are not possible or are not going to work to the extent that it is necessary.
One thing to consider when having this surgical procedure done is the possibility of a vascular surgeon being included. There are many blood vessels in the area that is being operated on this type of surgery so the vascular surgeon ensures that they are moved out of the way so the disc material can be accessed.
What can a Dallas neurosurgeon do for your spine health?
The primary benefits of using a Dallas or Fort Worth neurologist is that they can skillfully perform any type of surgery on the spine. Dr. Kaufman has been helping individuals for many years with these types of spine problems. They will often suggest that a fusion surgery is done from the anterior approach because it tends to work better than a posterior surgery. For one thing, it does not disturb the back muscles or the nerves in that area. In addition, it puts the graft in a state of compression and it helps to fuse better as a result. Overall, it provides a more stable option than other types of fusion surgeries.
There are certain complications that may be associated with the anterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery. Those complications are similar to many other surgeries, such as the possibility of an extended recuperation time and pain. These are things that can be discussed with Dr. Kaufman in advance. In most cases, however, the procedure is going to be successful and the success rate is up to 95%, which is impressive for many types of surgery. Contact Dr. Kaufman to set up an appointment for help with your spine problems.