Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
What is Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion?
Why Would I Need A Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion?
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The Anterior Lumbar Interbody Surgical Procedure
The ALIF procedure is perform under anesthesia with the patient lying face up on an operating table.Most Interbody Fusions take 2-3 hours.In the first part of the procedure, your surgeon will remove the intervertebral disk from the disk space. When the disk space has been cleared out, he or she will implant a metal, plastic, or bone spacer between the two adjoining vertebrae. Afterwards, a special spacer called a "cage" will be used to help promote bone healing and facilitate the fusion of the disk. Once Dr. Girardi places the cage in the disks space, he may need to stabilize your spine with either a plate or screw to hold the cage in place. you may want to consule Dr. Girardi to make sure that this surgery is right for you.
What Kind Of Recovery Should I Expect From Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Patients usually have a smooth recovery from ALIF. After the procedure, they normally remain in the hospital for 3 to 5 days and are able to resume their activities after 6 to 8 weeks. For About 8 weeks, patients should refrain from bending over and going up and down. At a physical therapists office, you will perform basic excercises, including walking and moving. Most patients can expect drastic improvements following their ALIF.