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Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)

Definition

Anterior lumbar interbody fusion is a surgical procedure done through the abdomen to remove a diseased intervertebral disc and replace it with a spacer, thus restoring the disc height, decompressing the nerves, correcting deformity and fusing the vertebrae together in the corrected position.

Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

TLIF of Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion is a traditional open-surgical procedure aimed to remove pressure to the spinal nerves and provide stabilization of the spine bones (vertebrae) when there is abnormal motion between them.

TLIF is one of the most common procedures used to decompress and stabilize the spine.

Cervical open door laminoplasty

Cervical laminoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes pressure from the spinal cord in the neck. It is commonly performed to treat cervical myelopathy, a condition where pressure on the spinal cord produces neurologic changes.

As opposed to the more traditional surgeries, laminoplasty does not involve fusion of the neck bones and thus preserves almost normal range of motion.

Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIF)

Lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) is a minimally invasive spine (MIS) fusion procedure used to remove pressure from the pinched nerves, realign and stabilize bones in the lower back. It is known under several different names depending on the manufacturer of the equipment, including LLIF, XLIF, DLIF.

How is the procedure performed?

As discussed in a separate article, MIS surgery achieves the same goals of traditional “open” surgery while resulting in less damage to body.

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