Some lower back disorders, such as degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis, can compress the spinal nerves, leading to lower back pain, leg pain, sciatica, instability, and other symptoms of nerve radiculopathy. Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) decompresses the spinal nerve and stabilizes the lumbar spine to alleviate the symptoms. Dr. Salari uses the latest, minimally invasive ALIF techniques to help you lead a healthy, pain-free life.
When is ALIF Needed?
The ALIF procedure is for patients with lumbar degenerative disc disease or spondylolisthesis. These lower back conditions can cause nerve compression, leading to radiating pains, sciatica pain, and neurologic symptoms, such as numbness, weakness, and tingling sensations on one or both legs. However, the ALIF procedure is recommended as a last resort if conservative treatments fail to relieve symptoms and the neurologic symptoms continue worsening.
Your Minimally Invasive ALIF Procedure
Dr. Salari performs your ALIF procedure under general anesthesia using advanced, minimally invasive techniques. After your lower back is cleansed, the surgeon makes two to three extremely small incisions on the abdomen, either on the left or right side. The surgeon may insert an imaging tool through one incision and the surgical tools through the others to remove the diseased intervertebral disc.
After restoring the size of the disc space and unpinching the nerves, the surgeon may use numerous techniques to facilitate vertebral fusion. He may use a combination of bone grafting materials and implants, such as screws, plates, and cages to restore spinal alignment. The implants will stabilize the lower back, and the bone grafting material will facilitate natural bone regeneration around the implants.
Contact Dr. Salari for Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
Dr. Behnam Salari is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with specialized training in minimally invasive spine surgery. He always diagnoses and understands the root cause of your pain using various diagnostic tools, including CT scans and MRIs. He exhausts all non-invasive treatment options before recommending minimally invasive anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF), which helps you lead a pain-free life with minimal downtime.
For more information about anterior lumbar interbody fusion or to learn about your lumbar surgery options, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Salari at our state-of-the-art offices in Morristown, Hackettstown, Sparta, or Randolph in New Jersey.