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Updated on May 29, 2021

Trans / Anterior / Extreme Lumbar Intervertebral Fixation (ALIF)

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to fuse together two or more vertebrae so that they heal into ONE single solid bone.  It is done to treat back pain caused by movement or to restore spine stability which has not responded to conservative treatment.  This procedure may help relieve symptoms of certain back problems such as degenerative disc disease or disc herniation, fractured or collapsed vertebra, spinal stenosis, scoliosis or tumours.

The goal of the procedure is to;

  • Provide stability to your spine
  • Remove and replace the damage intervertebral disc
  • Provide pain relief
  • Restore your back function

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There are 4 steps to the procedure

  • Step 1. An X-ray will be taken to locate the position of the diseased intervertebral disc(s) precisely
  • Step 2. The diseased intervertebral disc(s) will be carefully removed which to reduce the pressure on the spinal nerves or spinal cord
  • Step 3. A spacer or bone graft will be implanted into the intervertebral space to restore the anatomy of the spine and to allow your cells to grow back
  • Step 4. The spine may be fixated using either a combination of screws, rods or plates to stabilise the vertebra either on the anterior (front) or posterior (back) aspect

Rehab after Back Surgery

It is important to arrange with your physiotherapist or occupational therapist to enrol in a Rehabilitation Program to get you back onto your feet and begin building up your muscle strength and spine mobility to regain your life back on track!

Risks of Back Surgery

After back surgery, it may take between 3 to 12 months to return to your normal daily activities or sports.  However, there may still be residual pain as well as movement restrictions depending on your condition because every person’s condition and requirements is different.  There are also risks associated with any back surgery and they include (but not limited to);

  • Paralysis or numbness
  • Persistent or increased pain
  • Infection
  • Leakage of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF)
  • Blood clots due to Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Discuss the treatment options with your Orthopaedic or Spine Surgeon

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