What is a
Lumbar Fusion (PLIF)?
Learn how a lumbar fusion can reduce back pain.
3D images simulate the procedure and elements may differ in color, texture and placement than an actual surgical procedure.
45 - 60 minutes
Two ¾” incisions
NO HOSPITAL STAY
The vast majority of procedures at the BioSpine Institute are performed through a ¾” incision; however, there are a limited number of procedures that may require a slightly larger incision.
What is a lumbar fusion?
A lumbar fusion is a surgical procedure that is performed in the area of the lower back known as the lumbar region. During a lumbar fusion disc material is removed and bone graft is inserted into the disc space and surrounding spinal structure to act as a bridge or scaffold on which the bone can grow. Screws and rods are inserted to stabilize the spine while the treated area heals and fusion occurs. The ultimate goal of the procedure is to restore spinal stability.
ACTUAL SIZE OF INCISION FOR MOST PROCEDURES!
The majority of patients will notice immediate improvement of some or all of their symptoms while other symptoms may improve more gradually
When a disc puts pressure on a nerve, causing pain, weakness or numbness.
Spine tumors can push on the nerve tissue causing a range of symptoms from minor aches and discomfort to debilitating pain.
How Will I Feel After Surgery?
The majority of patients will notice immediate improvement of some or all of their symptoms while other symptoms may improve more gradually. A positive attitude and following your doctor’s post-surgery instructions will contribute to a satisfactory outcome. Most patients return to their regular activities within a few weeks.
*The Lumbar Fusion procedure is recognized by the American Medical Association.