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.

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PROCEDURE LENGTH

45 - 60 minutes

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INCISION SIZE

Two ¾” incisions

Patient Home Same Day

NO HOSPITAL STAY

Outpatient procedure

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. 

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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

Used To Treat These Conditions

A spinal disc that is damaged, causing back pain and other problems.

The soft cushion-like discs between vertebrae begin to deteriorate and the outer wall becomes brittle and weak.

When a ruptured disc puts pressure on a nerve, causing pain, weakness or numbness.

People with scoliosis suffer from an irregular s-shaped curve of the spine.

When one or more bones in the spine break it’s known as a vertebrae fracture or spinal fracture.

When a bone in the spine slips forward and out of place, it’s known as spondylolisthesis.

When a disc puts pressure on a nerve, causing pain, weakness or numbness.

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Spine tumors

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.

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