If you are suffering from disc problems in your lower back, then you might be eligible for Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion or ALIF. In cases like this, the pain is caused by motion. To stop the motion, fusion can bring multiple bones together and thus correct the alignment. Typically, a bone graft will also be used to restore the height and avoid nerve pinching.
To learn more about this treatment, feel free to get in touch with the team at the office of Craig C. Callewart, M.D., P.A. at one of our locations in Addison or Dallas, TX. We’d be more than happy to schedule you for a consultation!
What Is an Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion?
Contact us and we can recommend whether fusion is the right choice to repair damaged discs or realign bones that are causing you pain in your back or legs. You may not be aware that there are actually numerous ways to reach the spine and complete fusion. We can find the best solution for you.
Once the process is completed, the body heals with fresh bone growing around the graft. Within around three or six months, the two vertebrae fuse into one solid bone. Fusion and instrumentation are two parts of the process that work together, like solidifying concrete. While there may be a lower level of spine flexibility, it is minor enough that most patients will not notice it at all.
What Are the Benefits?
There are a variety of benefits for this type of treatment. For instance, a larger space is created and this increases the chances of successful fusion. Furthermore, the path to the spin is from the front of the belly. Due to this, there is less pain caused to the back muscles and lower levels of disruption. This also means that you don’t have to worry about a difficult procedure and the whole process can be completed with just one surgery. It also does not involve a surgeon working around spinal nerves which is both complex and dangerous.
Who Is the Ideal Candidate?
Most patients who have ALIF are in their later stages of life between forty and sixty, often with degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, or flat back syndrome. Suffering from any conditions like this could make you a prime candidate. Alternatively, you may have symptoms that are not improving with physical therapy and or medication.
What Results Should You Expect?
With professional treatment, this surgery can be completed in just a couple of hours. Patients are also typically able to go home one or two days later. However, full recovery can take anywhere between six and 12 weeks.
Please reach out today to schedule your consultation at one of Dr. Callewart’s office in Dallas or Addison, TX.