ALIF: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Top Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia Orthopedic Surgeons Specializing in ALIF: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

ALIF is generally used to treat back or leg pain caused by degenerative disc disease. The surgeon will stabilize the spine by fusing vertebrae together with bone graft material.

What is an anterior lumbar interbody fusion?

This detailed video explains the entire process of an anterior lumbar interbody fusion, including making the incision, disc removal, implantation, securing of vertebrae, and ending the procedure. Over time, the bone graft will grow through and around the implants, forming a bone bridge that connects the vertebra above and below. This solid bone bridge is called a fusion.