Renewed Spinal Strength with Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
The spinal column directs your every move, supports you throughout the day, and stabilizes your body. Your life revolves around it, so painful spinal deformities, weakness, and disease affect every part of your daily routine. That’s why at IGEA Brain, Spine & Orthopedics, we only work with the most advanced spinal implants and pioneering, manufacturers like Centinel Spine.
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) is a spinal fusion procedure that’s highly effective in treating chronic, debilitating leg and lower back pain. IGEA’s neurosurgeons are ALIF experts who utilize the most advanced, functional technology available to ensure your holistic health. Using devices like Centinel Spine’s STALIF M-Ti spinal implant, our adept physicians can facilitate a safe spinal fusion and get you back to the life you love.
How is Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) Performed?
Many spinal fusion surgeries are performed through posterior (back) incisions, but with ALIF, a surgeon accesses your spine through an incision in the abdomen. This might seem more complicated, but it actually provides more direct access to the intervertebral disc without interfering with any nerves. This kind of clear visualization and access is essential to the success of any spinal fusion procedure. Your neurosurgeon will move aside the organs and vascular structures until the vertebrae are exposed, then remove your intervertebral disc – the cushion between your vertebrae – and insert a STALIF M-Ti and bone graft in its place.
Anchored by strategically-placed screws, the STALIF M-Ti stabilizes the bone graft and vertebrae while fusion takes place. Over the course of 2-3 months, the bones and graft will weld together, returning the strength and stability to your lower back.
How Long Is The Recovery Process?
Because it doesn’t disturb the nerves and musculature in your back, ALIF can have a shorter recovery time than some of the alternatives. Usually, you can return to your daily activities within 6-12 weeks, although this can vary from case to case. Your surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments to assess the progress of your spinal fusion. You should avoid lifting and twisting motions, strenuous activities, smoking, drinking, and driving until your surgeon gives clearance.
Why Do I Need ALIF?
Lower back pain and instability can be discouraging, keeping you away from the activities you love most. ALIF offers a way to continue your daily routines with drastically reduced pain.
Often, ALIF is a great option for patients with spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, and other spinal issues. In certain cases, ALIF can empower greater spinal stability and decreased lower back pain than the alternatives. However, there are other spinal fusion approaches, including posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF), and direct lateral interbody fusion (DLIF). IGEA’s doctors will take time to evaluate your health, lifestyle, medical history, and more in determining the best treatment option to help you continue living your ideal life.
How Does The Centinel Spine STALIF M-Ti Device Work?
Situated between two vertebrae, the STALIF M-Ti’s textured, pure titanium surfaces optimize cell migration, interaction, and attachment, actions essential to fast and natural fusion between vertebrae. The device body is infused with PEEK, a material that provides additional elasticity without sacrificing stability, making it a closer match to your natural bones. And it’s No-Profile design requires no supplemental fixation, providing a sleek and unobtrusive fit.
Trusted by Tiger
By 2017, Tiger Woods’ debilitating, unrelenting leg and back pain had kept him from playing golf for three years, derailing a dominant career. So, after extensive personal research and expert consultations, he opted for anterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery using the STALIF M-Ti. And by 2019, he had reclaimed his position atop the golfing world with a resurgent Master’s victory. Woods is not only playing the game he loves at the highest level, but living pain-free in all aspects of life.
Discover Top-Quality Spinal Care
At IGEA, anterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery and Centinel Spine products aren’t reserved for superstar athletes. They’re available to you. Whether you’re a world-class golfer or just want to continue taking Saturday hikes with your family, our highly-experienced physicians offer the cutting edge technology and procedures to make it happen.
Don’t let pain dictate your life. Contact us and schedule an appointment to see how we can help alleviate your ongoing pain and help you continue with the activities and life you love.